My life as an artist began in my childhood, growing up as an expatriate living in the heart of Austria. I learned early on to embrace multicultural and cosmopolitan influences from either side of the Atlantic, which shaped what would become a lifelong passion for art, illustration, and design.
My work is fuses the rich aesthetic of imperial era European and American art with 21st century progressive humanist philosophy. Often this means re-imagining classical themes from legend and myth via contemporary subject matter, usually in a narrative style. Many of my paintings are fables, featuring totemic animal archetypes and talismanic objects.
My formal training as an illustrator began with a Bachelor of the Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which I received in 2007. Since then, I have worked as a freelance artist, and exhibited my original paintings in galleries across the United States, Europe, and Australia.
In addition to painting, drawing, and sometimes sculpting original artwork, I have also worked since 2011 in custom jewelry design, after receiving my certification with the Gemological Institution of America. As a designer, I’ve coordinated with vendors and bench jewelers to capture my clients’ unique visions for their engagement, wedding, and family jewelry.
Currently, I live near Seattle, WA, where I share a home with my wife in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.