"I have always been into painting, drawing, graphic design, and lettering as a hobby. When I first moved here I took on all sorts of odd jobs, one was working at Decoder Ring doing their screen printing. I learned a lot from Paul Fucik and the others there about printing and design. At the same time my grandmother gave me an old scrap/sketch book of my grandfather's, filled with old lettering and calligraphy, which I got really excited about. Also at the same time I was helping my sister and brother-in-law paint murals under their collaborative art group Sodalitas. All of this let to me deciding to try to make a living painting signs and murals."