My work explores the relationship between my military past, love for fishing and my mixed heritage. Ever since I was a young boy I have been fascinated by traveling and exploring the world, although I did not have the chance to explore the world until I joined the United States Navy. When I was stationed in Japan, I was excited and terrified. Japan was one of the places I dreamed of visiting and exploring. The culture, people, food, and lifestyle always fascinated me. I grew up in a small town where nothing really happened. Everyone knows everyone and it is a nice quiet place to live. Being overseas, a whole new world opened for me and expanded my horizons in both life and art. From Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Dubai, and Australia, I have been exposed to so many different styles of artwork, it has helped to influence my work.
My love for art started when I was in 4th grade. My art teacher at the time had a small competition with the class and I won an award for my drawing. After that I started to do a lot of drawings but it was not until I started my first year of college that I found my true calling in ceramics. I had chosen a major in Animal Science but then I took a ceramics class and I felt my artistic side coming back after so many years of neglect.
My artwork is influenced by the places I visited over the years. From the design of a piece to the different types of glazes I use, every piece tells a story about a place that I have been in my life. The designs I choose show the movement of the ocean, obstacles in life and representations of death. The glazes represent the different cultures and colors I have seen during my time overseas. I have been exposed to many styles of artwork that have influenced my ideas resulting in my own signature art.