I first said I wanted to be a photographer in the 4th grade. Since then I have taken numerous art classes and photography classes. I started in film, doing black and whites in high school and eventually transferring my skills to the digital world. As a young child my influences were realistic oil paintings done by my father. Later influences came in many forms, including travel to see great works of art like David by Michael Angelo, The Kiss by Rodin, a bust by Donatello, Monet's Garden, Mont Saint Michelle and numerous museums ranging from 2d and 3d art to mosaics and glass. Light and color are my favorite passions. A goal of mine is to continue to find and express emotion in my work, the skill is translating that to the viewer.