Being an "Army brat", I was born in South Korea, with stints in Colorado, Maryland, and Germany, before my family finally settled back in Chicago - which has always been home. My high school years were mostly spent drawing and working backstage building and designing with the theatre crew, making art school a logical next step. So, in 1998 I entered the American Academy of Art on a scholarship. Initially, I studied Advertising Design, earning an Associate's Degree. But, at the end of my sophomore year one of my favorite teachers confided in me that, while he loved being a part of the advertising world, he had always regretted not pursuing his passion in drawing; he didn't want me to suffer the same fate. With this knowledge, I decided to switch to being a Fine Arts major, focusing on Life Drawing. This, I accomplished, even spending a semester in Italy at the Florence Academy of Art during my senior year to study the old masters' techniques. Since then, I've been building my portfolio via a mixture of freelance and personal projects. Recently, I've explored my love of movies through contributing art direction and design to a number of short films and music videos.