I started at Ohio State University on a music scholarship, but fell in love with painting after seeing the work of Pheoris West; my mentor and forever friend. I love photography, drawing and sculpture but there's nothing like playing with paint. My heart was captured by oil in 1995. I received by BFA in Painting and Drawing in 1997, then my MFA in 2002. I've never stopped making art....it's been the only perfect therapy I've even known.
I dedicate all of my work to my late Papapoo, John M. Tirey Jr.... a true soulmate of mine in this universe of ART. I grew up watching him pin-stripe cars, paint signs by hand, create monsters for Halloween, and his everyday creativity always blew me away. I miss him everyday.