What first got you started building with LEGO as an art form?
It was over 10 years ago. I was practicing law in New York City, and I would come home at night and I would need some sort of creative outlet. Sometimes I would draw, sometimes I would paint, and sometimes I would sculpt. And one day I thought, well what about this toy from my childhood? Could I use LEGO bricks to create a large-scale sculpture?
I put a website together and the website started leading to commissions. And it expanded me in this medium. It was the day my website crashed from too many hits when I realized, "Okay, it’s definitely time to make a change." And I decided to leave the law firm and play with toys full-time.
So you had a vote of confidence from your fans before you really made the decision to switch careers?
A lot of people contact me because I’ve made such a dramatic career shift...And I often say: part of it is that it doesn’t happen overnight, and you do need to build up to it. And exploring the commission market. I was practicing law all day, and then I’d come at night and spend six or eight hours a night doing projects on commission. So I first realized there was definitely a market for this type of art before I actually left law to become a full-time artist.