Making flowers for the
"Get into the real world!"yelled my mom from our trailer's narrow hallway.
This happened where I fell through the floor, and close to where we found a possum hiding behind our toaster. That's when I knew, my life wouldn't be limited by its external circumstances and I would
I grew up as a farmer and developed arthritis by age 15. Life was difficult because my mom let my dad drink 12 beers daily. So, my grandparents raised me.
But when my grandpa's lungs collapsed, my college grades collapsed.
After my grandpa died...
I saw he spelled “hammer” wrong on his toolbox.
Yet, he taught himself how to build a pool complete with a filtration system among other things.
I wondered, “What if I learn a random skill?”
I chose painting and hated it at first.
For five years...
I woke up at 5:00AM to paint before work and never sold anything.
What kept me going was the belief that small steps make big changes.
I've gone from hiding my work in the closet, to having over 25,000 people see my public art daily!
Watch as I create my first mural!
Wide Open Walls bring new murals to UC Davis Health
When I started making murals, my dad said, "you went to college and now you're painting walls!?"
My mom said,"get a job!" without realizing this is a job.
Self-belief is trusting you're on the right path, without evidence to prove it.