i consider myself a blue collar guy with a hard work ethic. when i first started art school i got considerable razzing from my peers about my decision for a career change. it wasn't the manliest of pursuits; i suppose some people have a very rigid view of what an artist is.
i was an angry young man with a self destructive streak and i want my art to reflect that. art to me has always been a competitive challenge, pushing my own boundaries and limitations. i want people to like my art, but i suppose a lot of that has to do with my own feelings of insecurity and acceptance.
when i was a little kid, i would go up to my grandfathers studio in the attic and watch him smoke his pipe and work on his paintings. the quietness of it all. i guess at this age, it's still something i'm trying to learn, patience and time.