Born and raised in Calgary, Curtis has always had an interest in the arts be it visual or performance. He took art classes all through grade school. Since Curtis is in a wheelchair and lived in a community on top of a hill, he spent most of his time painting whiteware (kind of like ceramics) to pass the time.
Later Curtis took on performance art by becoming a magician. He was President of the Calgary Magic Circle and even eventually won an International Award for Stage Magic by taking 2nd place at the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians Conference Competition.
He then went on to do woodworking, making pens, wine stoppers, shaving razors and so on. It was then that he bought a box of chisels off Kijiji which had a wood burning system in it. So he figured he would give it a try and he instantly fell in love with it. From there Curtis expanded his artistic skills to include pencil drawings, pastel drawings, watercolour painting and acrylic painting. He specializes in hyper realistic fur bearing animals.