While I did eventually race professionally, this is a good place to make the connection to this website, and probably, to the reason you’re here.
While racing motorcycles professionally as a teenager, my strong-willed, Latin mother (love you, mom!) forced me to take a break from racing and go off to study something. Since I’d spent most of my waking hours as a kid drawing cars – day dreaming and visualizing my life as a racing driver – I’d gotten pretty good at it. And so, in a roundabout way, I found myself at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where I studied transportation design – or car design to you and me.
It was while at Art Center that I picked up paint brushes for the first time, and to no one’s surprise started painting… what else, racing cars. I would continue to paint for several years before moving away from it when I became a parent to two beautiful canines. Yeah, you read that correctly; not kids, but dogs. Long story slightly less long, since the passing of my last pup in 2017, I began to think about painting again, mainly as a distraction from a too-quiet, dog-less home. I picked up the brushes, struggled a bit to get my brush strokes and hand skills back, but with a little perseverance, the skills returned little by little, and here we are, all caught up.
I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve been extremely fortunate to create a life that revolves around cars. Whether designing cars, driving or racing cars, coaching aspiring racing drivers, driving as a stunt driver or creating paintings of cars for other car crazy people, I’m always playing with cars – just as I was as a kid. So you see, as I told you at the beginning of this story, cars really are my life.