I grew up on the coast of the Florida Panhandle. The stretch between Apalachicola and Perdido Bay were my stomping grounds. I spent many years living and working on the Gulf of Mexico, a truly inspirational place on the planet. I find myself continually reaching back to my youth for material that shaped my life to utilize in my work. As Ernest Hemingway said, "I love the sea." It's the same for me and many others. I am lucky enough to draw on that experience and transfer it to my work.