To answer some of your questions I was born in Portland OR at Emmanuel. As far back as I can remember, I've made pictures of some kind. As a kid, I drew on typing paper or anything else I could get my hands on. I attended the Evergreen State College to study visual art, graduating in '96. Some of the artists who have inspired me over the years have been modern surrealists, and illustrators. Todd Schorr is definitely the first one that comes to mind. I'm drawn to art with narrative. I like art that's accessible. I think that's the reason why this particular show is so exciting to me.
When I'm not painting, I'm drawing comics. Mostly of my experiences in retail. I spend a lot of time in my head, and drawing funnies is my escape. I also read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi.As far as skaters are concerned, the last time I rode on a skateboard it was shaped like a banana. I ripped my knee open and still bare the scar to this day. Most of the friends I had in highschool were skaters. We went to this alternative school where you didn't have to show up to class. MLC back in the late eighties, early nineties. So I'd hang out with them in the park, smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee and watch them skate. They turned me onto zines and comics. I always had an affinity with skaters. There's a humility to them that you won't find in others. A lot of that is falling down, and not being afraid of looking stupid.