Born and raised in Texas, I received my B.F.A. from Corpus Christi State University (now Texas A&M University –Corpus Christi) in 1993. Shortly after, I moved to New York City to assist in the development of a contemporary art gallery titled MB Modern, which operated for six years before relocating its business to Houston, TX. Staying and pursuing a career in the arts, I attended private classes with instructors who continued to teach traditional painting techniques. During this time I exhibited regularly in galleries and other venues nationally. Additionally, I worked at Babcock Gallery (now Driscoll/Babcock Galleries) for four years, which at the time had celebrated its 150th year as a leader in American Modernism. After ten years in New York City, I was invited by my Alma Mater to be the first painter in the Master of Fine Arts program of which I received my diploma in 2005. In 2006, I was appointed to the post of Public Arts Manager for the City of Corpus Christi, of which I served for a year and a half before assuming the role of Gallery Director for Texas A&M University –Corpus Christi for three years. In 2011, I was appointed to the role of Assistant Professor of Art with a concentration in Painting at TAMUCC of which I continue to this day. I encourage experimental combined with traditional painting practices in my courses with the firm belief that you must be willing to obliterate your work to see how far you can take it.