I was born in Seoul, South Korea. Having a father who was a gifted artist, I naturally developed a love for art.
When I was nine years old, my family immigrated to the US, settling in Los Angeles. As an immigrant, I found drawing to be a language immediately accessible with my classmates. During those early grade school years, Ms Isavich, an art instructor kindled my growing love. Recognizing my gift, she often pulled me out of class for special art sessions with a handful of other students.
I decided on a career in commercial art, earning my BFA in Visual Communications at Cal State Long Beach. Since 1995 I have worked as a graphic designer and art director for design firms and ad agencies who serviced clients that include Canon, Sony, Disney, American Honda Motorcycles and Yamaha Motor Corp.
In 2010, artist and mentor Gary Bradley challenged me to devote time and energy to painting. This encouragement along with Gary’s thoughts on the artist’s role in the exaltation of transcendent truth and beauty has helped me define myself as an artist.
I live in the City of Orange with my wife and daughter.