This is my mom and dad when they were starting out as artists. My dad began by carving the Vinyard Bay Doors in Austin, TX. My mom is seen here unloading a kiln when she was close to my age. It is always inspiring for me to see how my parents have grown into successful artists today. They are always so supportive of my choice to be an artist too.
National Geographic photography has been inspirational to me since childhood. I always find that these photographs capture what I love about nature. Patterns and colors, the beauty of the animal form, and the humanity that can be found in animals.
I have been reading animal encyclopedias since I was very young. It seemed that I could never learn enough about all the animals I could find. I still use these books in my studio today. They often help me learn more about animals I want to make, or discover new animals, and study them more closely.