- From Philadelphia
- Mom recognized his talent at an early age = put him in a million art classes
- At the time, he didn't "want to be taught," he just wanted to "make art"... now he recognizes the necessity of these lessons in building the skills that he is now using on a daily basis
- Graduated from Hampton University in 2005 with degree in architecture
- Moved to Richmond in 2007 (cheaper cost of living)
- Lost his job during the recession of 2009 (no $ to build things = less of a need for architects)
- Made art with the extra time (just to "make art," not "to become an artist.") = worked for himself, showed his work as much as he could - then someone saw it, loved it, and asked for it to be on the side of a building
- This started the love for mural painting (had never done it before - took a risk and tried it). Credits the hard task of getting through an architecture program with developing his ability to "do anything."
- In 2009, RVA was not covered in murals as it is now (Philadelphia was) - this was a new thing here - not everyone appreciated it - one of his murals was considered "controversial" (the one he painted it over with was about censorship!)
- 2012, RVA is now known for its murals but... he is concerned with the fact that most of the murals seemed to be about personal expression and were disconnected from the Richmond community and culture (many of the mural artists were from out of town/country and did not have that connection to/understanding of RVA)
- Started working WITH the community, especially schools, to paint murals that could make a personal with those viewing them
- His work is constantly changing/maturing as he continues to practice/work/study new techniques & processes
- "The hardest part of my job is not painting, it is managing the projects."
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