I grew up in the Detroit area. I remember being very young sitting for hours, drawing on the back of the stacks of ditto pages, that my father would bring home from work; It was pure bliss. Making art has been pulling at me my whole life.
I decided to become an art teacher and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Wayne State University in 1994. Shortly thereafter, I began a career teaching art to elementary school students. Young children create art with a joyful spirit and adventurous freedom from logic. Their joyful abandon has had an influence on my own work to this day.
It was in college that I took a class in oil painting and fell in love with the medium. Soon I began showing paintings and immediately, they began to sell. In 2000, I took the leap and began painting full time. With 2003 came the move to Chicago. My work has been in galleries around the country and I do many of Chicago area's finest festivals. My wife Tracey Capone, is also a full time artist. We make our home and studio in Rogers Park Chicago. Creating from that same blissful place, as I did as a young child, has kept me both free and grounded as life unfolds.