My first recollection of beautiful imagery is watching classic movies as a child, which lead me to a fascination with the performers. Seeing portraits of them after that really had a big impact on me and I starting drawing from them all the time. Blown away especially by George Hurrell's photographs, I was hooked. Drawing from them was my way of being part of that.
Later, seeing Way Bandy's appearance for a whole week giving makeovers on a talk show (and skipping school that entire week to watch them) lead me to start playing with makeup. After a while I started to work with photographers doing makeup & hair for a few years, and then decided I wanted to take the photographs myself. After several years of shooting on film came the digital age and Photoshop, and what a revelation. I couldn't be more excited having the ability to retouch my images to my liking.
What I loved as a youth I still love now. Creating beautiful images. Being self taught comes from a passion for really wanting to learn the craft. Creating an image I love is an escape, and when I'm in the zone that's when I feel most alive.