As a child I liked to draw, although
it wasnt until my sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin,
Oshkosh, I decided to try a drawing class. I found the drawing
class compelling, so I thought I would try a couple of other
art classes. In my sculpture and painting class, I met some very
influential artists who encouraged me to pursue a career in art.
One was my advisor and sculpture professor, Tc Farley, the other
was my painting professor, Li Hu. Tc taught me about the struggles
and dedication that one needed to be an artist, while Li showed
me the professional side of the art market and things I would
have to explore if I wanted to paint for a living.
In 2006, I graduated with a Bachelors
of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Painting and Sculpture.
I worked for several years after graduation, but still continued
with my artwork, mainly doing portrait commissions. I also took
workshops with artists that interested me to enhance my skills
as a painter. Then, in 2009, I dedicated myself to painting full
time. Finally, in 2011, I decided to pursue a Master in Fine
Arts at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco.
The masters that inspire me are:
Daniel Gerhartz, Jeremy Lipking, Antonio Mancini, John Singer
Sargent, Burton Silverman, Richard Schmid, Mian Situ, and Morgan
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