Born in rural Alabama, I helped support my working class family by harvesting food and fire wood throughout the year. I also worked as a farm hand herding animals and operating farm equipment.
While attending the University of South Alabama, I studied fine art under Professor James Kennedy. I tried out for the university football team as a wide receiver and defensive back, ultimately failing to earn a spot on the team. I exhibited at multiple local galleries and at the Mobile Museum of Art. I became the first student member of the City of Mobile’s Art’s Council before completing my BFA in 2000. In August 2001 I moved to Brooklyn, New York and began my MFA in studio art at Pratt Institute under artist Linda Francis and earning my degree in 2003.
After 2009 I changed career paths and pursued a technical degree in high-end automotive repair. I graduated top of class in 2011 before working professionally for almost three years in different New York based BMW repair facilities. Over time I realized it wasn’t for me and in early 2014 I quit and recommitted myself to art.
In early 2017 I returned to Alabama and began helping my aging parents with health concerns. Even though the transition has been difficult and my art making has lessened, I have found a love for teaching art to those in my hometown community and feel grateful for the opportunity to give children the opportunities I lacked. I still love and miss the culture and vitality of the arts community in New York tremendously.
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