I grew up in Garden Grove and Tustin, California, after my family moved in 1961 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Following graduation from California Polytechnic University, San Louis Obispo in 1982 with a Bachelor of Architecture, I studied Art and Architecture from 1981 to 1982 in Florence, Italy, at the California State University International Program. After graduating college, I lived and worked in Rome, Jerusalem and San Francisco, during which time I studied art and specifically drawing with pencils. In 1987, while on a trip to San Diego, I was offered work building a house, and then work drawing for an architect, so I extended my stay again. I then met my future wife, Dijana, and we had two children, Nadia and Audrey. I have happily stayed in San Diego ever since.
We are currently living on a 7,000 square foot urban piece of land, with a small dog. The lot contains our home, metal and wood shops, a drawing studio, a guest house, and our vegetable garden and orchard. We have enough fruit trees (33) and berry vines (12) to provide our family (and some friends, sometimes) with fruit year round. Tending the trees, vines and garden for the past 20 years has led me to an understanding of what it means to take care of the land, and at the same time, it has helped me to further develop my work with wood.