I took a military/balletic route here. I graduated from the Naval Academy in 2001, earned a master’s degree eight months later, then served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kennedy (CV-67). While in the Naval Reserve I danced ballet with various small groups. After working as a reporter/photographer for the Pentagon’s press service, I went back to school to study imagery in American culture, completing a Ph.D. dissertation on art and the Iraq war in spring 2011. Throughout, I used the practice of painting to digest the stagecraft around me, earning the chance to show and sell that work, and eventually I took on painting as my main vocation. These days I live and work in Portland, Oregon.