I was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1964, and lived there until I was ten years old, when my family moved to the Jersey Shore. This was a big culture shock to me. The streets were actually clean, and we lived in the suburbs, which was completely different from the projects we had just come from. When I was growing up, I didn't have a many friends, so there was plenty of time to draw and listen to music (my first love).
Fast forward to 1983, when I joined the Marine Corps. I served for 4 years, and after discharge, I moved back in with my parents. I worked, briefly, at the local hospital. While I was working there, I met my wife, and we were married in 1989.
I continued to draw, and then eventually got into painting. I have sold a few things, but most of it I had given to family and friends. Then I started woodcarving, and i have sold a couple of my pieces. Everyone I've shown my work to, has said I should pursue a career as an artist, so here I am. I never went to art school, so everything I know I've learned from PBS art shows, like Bob Ross and a few others. I also read a lot of how-to books and watched some instructional videos on Youtube. When it comes to woodcarving, I just wing it.