“I have no diploma… I make my experience my diploma.”
Born in 1970 in New York City, I was raised in Morningside Heights of Manhattan where I would reside for the majority of my life. In the immediate environment which included Harlem, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Columbia University, The American Museum of Natural History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, Carnigie Hall and the MoMA, I was exposed to a broad spectrum of arts, culture and people at a very early age. Having grown up with this access I feel profoundly appreciative of my experience because it was the greatest education you can imagine. It was the inspiration for my curiosity that lead me to pursue this path of an artist.
In the early 90’s I attended The School of Visual Arts for film. Subsequent to this education, I had the opportunity to work on the 1996 production Basquiat where I decided to pursue a career as a professional illustrator. I worked as a storyboard artist in the film, commercial and advertising industry for over ten years. During this time I would expand my arts education at The Arts Students League of New York, The Spring Street Studio and many hours at the MET, MoMA and The Whitney Museum. However, my interest in making art is more than just knowing art.
In 2010 I was offered the opportunity to work in intangible asset finance as an analyst for M•CAM Inc. This required relocating my residence to Charlottesville, Virginia to begin an on boarding process and learn how intangible assets are defined and the systems that govern their validity and transfer. This comprised of an education in intellectual property, patents, the legal enclosures that manifest their existence and how they are transferred in bankruptcy. But most importantly I was exposed to the knowledge of the framework in which their value can be recognized in the risk adverse community of banking and finance.
My experience has been anything but conventional. I served as a firefighter for the Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department (2012 – 2017). Today I hold the unique position as the Artist in Residence for M•CAM Inc. and serve as a firefighter for the Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department.