I have always been compelled to create. Drawing always came naturally to me, even at the young age of three, so I guess I was “born to be an artist” (so to speak).
I became aware of the power of creativity when I would become lost for hours at a time drawing and painting in my youth. It was like a meditative trance and I always felt rejuvenated when I re-entered reality. That awareness of the power creativity had was once again brought upon me when my father, feeling threatened by my artistic compulsion, gathered up my art and burned it in the fireplace in front of me.