I grew up in the small town of Boron in the Mojave Desert. At the age of six my father died and my mom started raising me and my three siblings by herself. Although she had multiple advanced degrees the only job she could find was as a secretary. We were poor but we managed to survive.
Right after I graduated high school my mom lost her job. I and my younger sister started supporting the family with our jobs at a truck stop while my older sister was at college. Most of my friends left to go to college after high school. I could barely manage going to part time to a junior college a hours drive away. This was one of the lowest points in my life. I felt like a failure and thought I’d be stuck there.
I needed something to take my mind off of how terrible I felt. I did a little photography in high school and enjoyed it. I saved up and bought a used Canon AE1 camera. I signed up for a photo class at the JC and it changed my life. The joy I’d experience when I created an image gave me hope. After receiving my AA I was accepted into the San Francisco Art Institute.I graduated in 1999 with a BFA. At the time I was burnt out, tired of living in poverty, and had a huge student loan. I went into the tech industry. I still continued to do photography.
I’m to a point where I regret not pursuing a fine art career. Reoccurring themes in my work include isolation, distance, emptiness and death. My influences are Hiroshige a Japanese ukiyo-e printer and Rothko