Born as a Gen-Xer in Istanbul and raised in New York, I am an artist who has finally answered the call of the canvas and brush although a bit late. Started my career as a manufacturer in communications and a career spanning multiple world-class cities across three continents, I have always been drawn to creatively adjacent fields and wound up running and managing a grand format print shop providing large prints to billboards in Europe and Asia thereafter migrated back to the USA, Virginia to open a shop providing sign fabrication and design to retail stores.
While my work in the sign business has honed my craft, my true passion has always been finding ways to express myself as an individual. Now, I am finally listening to that inner voice. Since 2008, I have dedicated more and more of my time to my art, discovering not only a sense of peace but also a newfound hunger for growth. It feels invigorating to challenge myself and expand my horizons. Reflecting on my journey, I realize that perhaps I had not possessed the same level of passion and drive before the responsibilities of raising three children, being a husband, owning a home, and witnessing the emergence of grey hairs. It is a different kind of fire that fuels me now, one that surpasses the excitement of skipping school to see Black Sabbath or sneaking into CBGBs to slam to Ramones.
I am grateful for this opportunity to embrace my artistic calling and explore the depths of my creativity. Through my work, I hope to inspire others and leave a lasting impact. With each stroke of the brush, I strive to capture the essence of my experiences and emotions, inviting viewers to join me on this journey of self-expression and growth.
I’m currently employed at a sign company in DC and continue to shape metals, plastics, and lights.