My enchantment with Asia began in 1995 on my first trip to the Morikami Museum and Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida. It wasn’t long after that the internet revolution took hold and I discovered that my geek nature was well suited for web development and digital product design. During the many years that I worked for technology companies, I twice had the opportunity to travel to Asia. My first trip in 2010, brought me to China, a land of natural splendor and beauty, as well as breathtaking art. Monochromatic landscapes and ink wash art fueled my creativity and thus began a time of much productivity and a few exhibits. In 2013, I went to Kyoto, Japan, another life-changing experience that again inspired me to produce much art. I was so taken with Japanese woodblock prints, kokeshi dolls, samurais, geishas, and pop culture, namely anime, manga and cosplay that I devoted much of my painting in celebration of these themes.
In 2019 I began teaching an anime and manga drawing class. This is where my geek nature came in handy again, I was most definitely an otaku and could relate to my much younger students who were obsessed with anime. I plan to write a book on my experiences and how young people have taught me much more than I could ever teach with a whiteboard and dry-erase markers. Email me if you have any questions.