I started painting in the United States of America. 1983, after graduating from highschool, I left Austria and went to South Carolina, Hilton Head Island. I had just started to study economics in Vienna, but I did not like it. So instead of listening to dull lectures, I worked in restaurants at the seaside as waiter, barkeeper or dishwasher. During winter, when there was not much to do in off-season, I started painting.