I was born in Denver, Colorado. My mother gave me a passion for art and my father gave me a passion for skiing. I grew up skiing in Colorado and studied Art and Architecture at the University of Idaho. After my studies, I moved back to Colorado to ski and have called Aspen my home ever since.
My art career began during an extended trip to Alaska, where I stayed with my father's friend who happened to be a sculptor. It was the first time I had seen large scale sculpture being created and it had a life changing impact on the path I would soon follow.
A few years after this experience, I was living a rustic lifestyle on the back of Aspen Mountain in a cabin: a wood stove for heat, no running water and, of course, a lot of skiing. After my first winter in the cabin, my good friend, Ross Kamens suggested I carve a totem pole for my cabin. The rest is history--I've been carving wood sculptures ever since! I still have a cabin on the back of Aspen Mountain, but I now do most of my work in my studio in downtown Aspen, but I still enjoy carving on the mounatin whenever I can.