What’s your background?
I have been an oil painter for about 15 years—off and on. In the process I also joined and left the Air Force, lived homeless, got a chemistry degree and spent months locked in mental hospitals. I got a high school diploma, despite being homeless and was one of the first student employees for Youth on Their Own. I’ve lived in or at least hitchhiked through almost every state in the U.S. I learned to play Spades ruthlessly from Navy Vets in a V.A. Hospital in Mobile, Alabama and saw firsthand the dangers of not dealing with my PTSD. While I have come to regret much of the time I lost over the years, I also feel that so much of my content and drive to create is from my experiences—both positive and negative.