Growing up in the state of Georgia, GL, wasn't surrounded by a lot of art and photography. Early as a child, his dream was to be a comic book artist. At the age of 14, he interned at IMAGE COMICS. While there the artists told him he should take some art classes, and find out about the history and techniques of fine art. His high school didn't provide any art classes, so it wasn't until he went to collage ( Florida State University & University of GA ) where he got his first real education in fine art.
Throughout his college years, GL, learned many techniques, but didn't focus on one particular style. Having this mixed media way of art, made him not have a focused style, which some teachers questioned yet sometimes applauded. It wasn't until graduation where one teacher recommended moving to California. GL decided look for a graduate school out west, and packed up his car to drive cross country to Los Angeles.
While out in California, he applied to many fine art graduate schools. One certain school he applied to had a positive response to his fine art work, but they happened to not be a fine art school, but a photography based school.
GL was confused, and realized he had emailed the wrong school ( both schools were very similar in names ). Feeling a new energy out in the West, GL, thought it was a sign that a photography school came calling, and it was something he was never really interested in while at school, yet photography like elements were highly influential in his work. GL decided to further his schooling at the Brooks Institute of Photography, thus starting his path into photography.