"I started drawing comic book figures as a kid, and now I teach art at Carnes Elementary. In addition to my day job, I do portraits and painting for businesses and agencies and a lot of live painting: creating in front of audiences at events, weddings, concerts, and other venues. I call myself AlivePaint because I do so many on-the-spot pieces.
"I would say to kids who are interested in art: 'Continue to do what you love. Chase your dreams. There will be people who don't believe in you, but as long as you believe in yourself, anything is possible.' The PaintMemphis mural is a prime example of that. So many artists with so many styles came together to create it. It really captures the essence of Memphis."