I was born in the Colorado Front Range area to a working-class family in the early 1980s. A lifelong drawer, the content of my images was heavily influenced as a kid by the entertainment culture of the '80s and early '90s. I was particularly compelled by sci-fi, fantasy, and horror films of the era including The Neverending Story, The Thing, Labyrinth, and Hellraiser. For me as a child, these movies offered beautiful and terrifying glimpses into realities where anything was possible.
My enthusiasm for drawing and supernatural fiction was ignited around my tenth birthday when my father bought me my first metal album (Megadeth's Countdown to Extinction) and my first comic books. I was hooked. I spent my early adolescence entrenched in old school metal music and comic books, soaking up the absurd and violent themes of Savage Dragon comics alongside early Gwar and Slayer albums. Like the movies before them, these forms of fantasy offered an enthralling gateway to worlds far beyond my safe and uneventful suburban neighborhood.
While entertainment culture informs much of my visual aesthetic, challenging life events provide the creative spark, emotional energy, and underlying symbolism in my creations. I pull from the wonder and terror of the real world to depict a fictional realm where humans and machines live an afflicted and tormented coexistence.
Through the lens of comic books and old school metal, I create dark fantasy worlds inspired by my personal life journey.