Every individual has people and things that influence the direction their lives take. I, myself, have several. The biggest and earliest one was my Dad. He was a fantastic artist who not only drew & painted, but also built models, made toys for his children, and sculpted. He had gone to American Academy Of Art in Chicago and studied commercial illustration. Growing up in an artistic environment opened my eyes to the world of art and ultimately compelled my to follow in his footsteps. I plan on speaking more about my Pop later on, but for now I'm just going to leave you with some of his artwork.