I was raised in the Chicago area where art was and still is an integral part of the society. During my early years, my teachers began to notice an exceptional artistic talent, so they said, and it was then I was deemed a prodigy. I was double promoted from 5th grade to the 7th in one school year. One teacher, in particular, made it her mission to get my talent recognized and subsequently was awarded a full scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago at the age of fourteen. But, as fate would have it, I was not able to attend for long. When I was sixteen years old, the family moved to the Los Angeles area. I was extremely disappointed to leave the Institute, but vowed to finish my program of study as soon as I could. Instead of finishing my degree, I had to go to work to help support the family, thus it took 30 years of working as a Landscape Contractor and Designer to finally lead me back into the arts. I can say, I am now happily pursuing my original passion and have included sculpting into my repertoire.