I was born in Royal Oak, Michigan, into a family of artists. My grandfather was at the forefront of large format automotive glass screen printing in Detroit, creating a business that was passed on to my Dad, Doyle, and then me. A third generation silkscreen maker and printer, I’ve been creating art his entire life. One of my earliest artistic inspirations is a quote attributed to Joseph Campbell that the meaning of life is to “follow your bliss.” Taking this mantra to heart, in 2005, together with his friend, I co-created the feature film ONE about the meaning of life. In 2009, I created my first painting while processing a traumatic life event. I applied silicone and acrylic material to a hollow core door, covering it with enamel. Since then, I have continuously developed my technique. Nowadays, I customize thick enamel paint to create texture and uses acrylic paint for highlights. While painting on doors allows me to create the large format I desire, I no longer purchases new substrates to be more sustainable in my artwork and create an upcycle. Since 2015, I have only been using recycled doors and wood that I find on the street or has been donated by my local community. Another source of my artistic inspiration is my regular practice as a yoga teacher in the local Ann Arbor community. For me, life is movement and, through mindful movement, yoga brings awareness to one’s physical, energetic, emotional, and spiritual bodies. I’m convinced that yoga expands our capacity for experience. I want my art to do the same. My large format paintings invite the viewer to expand their experience through multiple textures, colors, sizes, and shapes. Just as in yoga, movement plays a fundamental role in my artistic creations. In my studio, I build large paddles to “move paint” while the substrate may be on the floor, on a stand, or leaning against the wall. “Movement” shines through the many textured layers in each art piece, offering a variety of interpretations and emotions. To me, these layers simulate his human experience, my feelings, thoughts, and beliefs. Beyond my life’s mantra and yoga, I am inspired by the colors of nature, urban spaces, my visions, meditation, the variety of shapes and textures I encounter in my everyday, as well as being surrounded by people who express their own creative power and energy. When you engage with my artwork, it may as well mirror your own experiences in this world. I live in Ann Arbor and my art is currently showing in multiple locations around Ann Arbor and Detroit. I also offer private tours of my studio for anyone interested in purchasing my artwork.