I was born and raised in New York City and attended the Lycée Francais. My father is a violinmaker from France and used to have an art gallery with my mother who is from Holland. I have always aspired to do something creative. I wanted to be an architect, then I wanted to design cars, but I see now that all those careers are still limiting and school was just not for me. I am grateful to have taken up metalworking and have found it to be the path with the most freedom for my taste of creativity.
After studying Industrial Design at the Academy of Art in San Francisco for a year, traveling and working out in the American West and learning the trade of violin making and horseback riding with my father back in New York, I studied metal sculpture with Cliff Dufton at The Arts Students League of New York. I remember that for a very long time I have had a strange curiosity for metal. My metal shop is currently located in Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York. I am mainly self-taught.