I was raised in an artistic household - both of my parents were artists. They met while studying art at Pratt Institute in New York City. My Dad went on to be one of the top art directors in the New York advertising scene, and my Mom was a fantastic cartoonist and painter.
Growing up, being creative was a natural part of the environment. I particularly liked to draw, and would spend long hours drawing dinosaurs, birds, etc. Then, when I discovered music, I put the pencils down and put all my creative energy into making music.