I grew up in Arizona till the 7th grade, then my family moved to Utah, where we've lived ever since (minus those 2yrs I moved back to AZ).
I have been an artist my whole life. I was a voracious drawer as a kid. I would always sit on the floor, hunched over a book with a piece of paper and a pencil, drawing up whatever crazy creature popped into my head while watching TV.
In high school I began to try new things. Took ceramics for a couple years. Did a bit of wood working. Did some computer graphic and design. And of course all the usual drawing and painting goodness of the drawing classes.
In college I decided to give Graphic Design a try... and suffice it to say, one semester of 8am Basic Line Drawing for 2hrs, 4 days a week burned me out so bad I didn't even want to THINK about another drawing class for over a year. So, I ended up going into Biotechnology (which is a fancy term for a flunky lab assistant).
While working on that, I tried out a few different things. Scuba diving. Jewelry. Then I took a Basic Metal Sculpting class... and absolutely LOVED IT!!
From that moment on I was hooked. I took the class ever semester for about 2yrs. Then I spent a year working for an awesome local artist named Fred Conlon, who was a tremendous influence on my work. I probably wouldn't have gotten into recycled art if it wasn't for him.
Then, I moved to Arizona for a couple years. Took metal sculpting down there for a year, as well as began schooling to earn my welding certification.
I then moved back to Utah, got my own equipment, and started up my own business!
The Iron Phoenix
Favourite Visual Artist
Hyung Tae Kim, Wen-M, Heise, a bunch of other ppl on devart I can't remember right now
Pirates of the Caribbean, X-Men 1-2, Iron Man, Spiderman 1-2, Lilo and Stitch
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Linkin Park, Evanescence, Nickelback, Backstreet Boys, Sixx AM, Owl City
The Bazil Broketail series, Drizzt series, Raptor Red, The Hobbit, The Relic, Fatalis, The World of Warcraft series
Mercedes Lackey, R.A. Salvatore, Michael Crichton
X-Men Online RPG's, World of Warcraft, Dungeons and Dragons, board and dice games
Tools of the Trade
Pencil, Pen, Paint marker, Steel, Recycled scrap, Beads, fabric, marbles, spray paint, acrylic paint, brushes, welder, plasma cutter, power and hand tools
Anime, Fantasy, Comics, Super Heroes, Sharp and Pointy things, Cats, Travel, Conventions