I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. My art journey began with the dream of becoming an architect and I pursued drafting for many years. While in college I stumbled upon a special studies course in web design. This was a very exciting time. The internet was exploding and my passion for graphic design and all things internet ignited with it. In a way, I did become an architect but not of building brick-and-mortar structures. Instead, I built internet properties. After a decade my passion began to fade. I was lost in the rat race. My happiness and well-being suffered tremendously. I burnt out trying to build the dreams of others instead of pursuing my own.
I decided to walk away. To pursue art full-time.
I began to paint and draw daily but something was missing. I left on a trip hoping to find inspiration. What I was looking for found me. I met two very important people who changed my life. One came to me through his art. Another through the voice of a fisherman, calling out from the Aegen Sea. Each confirmed, in different ways, that my path to happiness must include love and kindness along with creation. I have since learned that each individual artwork I see is a lesson. Another artist whispering that they understand our struggle and encourage us all to express ourselves. That there are gifts to be found. Joy, contentment and satisfaction with life. It's there.
Forget any pre-conceived notions. Disgard self-doubt. There is no right or wrong way to make art. There is only your way. Your path to happiness is your own. Your choice of medium - music, dance, literature, poetry, painting, sewing, whatever... Creating art will help you. I will help you.
Find a community where you feel comfortable expressing who you are. Where others support you. Where you can support others.
Newberry is my safe place to explore art. Perhaps it can be yours as well. All are welcome. Come create. Make friends. Feel happier. Live healther. Maybe stay forever.