Born and raised in Calgary, Curtis has always had an interest in the arts, be it visual or performance.
Curtis took art classes from the very begining of grade school and ensured that he took it every year until he graduated High School. He learned the basics and fundamentals of art; such as shape, shadow, lighting, contrast, shading, colour theory etc.
Since Curtis was born with Spinda Bifida and confined to a wheelchair, he spent much of his time during the winter season painting whiteware (kind of like ceramics without the kiln process), drawing and painting to pass the time. In the spring, summer and fall he would spend most of his time with his friends. He was always on the go doing something.
Curtis attended SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) in 1999-2001. He took Cinema, Television, Stage and Radio. He majored in Radio Production and Minored in Creative Writing.
Later Curtis took on performance art by becoming a close-up, parlour and stage magician. He joined the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the local Calgary Magic Circle - Ring 66 Chapter to which he gained the role as President for a period of time. In 2007 he 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 Razertip SSD-10 woodburning system in it. 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, coloured pencil drawings, pastel drawings and acrylic paintings.
Curtis specializes in hyper-realistic pet and wildlife portraits.