I became a serious artist later in my adult life. During my early schooling, I was often deterred from pursuing a career as a professional artist. I was warned that becoming an artist would not profit financially. My earliest art training took place in Detroit,Michigan. I took advantage of many free neighborhood art programs available at that time before winning a scholarship to art school. In 1986, I moved to New York City where I continued my formal Arts education at Bob Blackburn's Printmakers Workshop of New York. While in New York, I saw and heard all of the living legends of Jazz Music. Music is a major motif in my art work. As a student, I was moved by the works of the Impressionist, Expressionist, Surrealist, Futurist, Cubist, the Mexican Muralist and African Sculpture. While living in New York I became involved in Public Art. I completed commissions in Brooklyn,New York and Newark,New Jersey. I paint images of jazz and blues with energy, color and movement.