I was born and raised in Old Philadelphia. It is a gritty place with a lot of graffiti art and broken down buildings. I was and have been inspired by cities like this and the urban life around me. Men playing music on the street corners and in the ghettos. The quality of light and shadows that I would see! Contrast! I wanted to capture this so I studied at art school my whole life. My dad was a printer and used to print for very famous artists so I would get a glimpse into that world since a young kid. I was trained at the oldest art school in America, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. There is where I learned and studied the great masters. I graduated in 2005 where I won the first prize in cityscape painting. As an artist I like to combine all styles of art from impressionist to abstract to realism. My style is born from all of these. I like to capture the feeling of a place. Take your eye into the painting and create a sense that you're there. My paintings take on almost a sculptural form at times. The way I work and give my pieces the feeling that they emanate involves using many tools and almost looking at it as a real living thing. The boundaries of the arts need to be pushed to the next level. I try to do this and I am inspired by those that do this as well!