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I have always had a love for art, creativity, and working with my hands. As a child, I spent many hours with my father, a dentist, and my grandfather, a "backyard artisan" learning about craftsmanship, the innate qualities of various raw materials, and how to manipulate those materials. Throughout my childhood I was exposed to fine art through my mother, who was a docent at the New Orleans Museum of Art. I developed a particular affinity for the works of Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, and