Growing up, Christian Tedeschi fancied getting into trouble. He didn't harm himself or others, but flaunted a short attention span and flagrant disregard for authority.
And then he welcomed the punishment, be it a time-out at home or day-long suspension at school.
Closed into his bedroom, away from prying eyes, he drew for hours on end. One day, he swapped the permitted pen and paper for a block of clay — and then just couldn't stop designing.
In retrospect, he said, that moment altered the course of his life.
"I really gravitated to the illogical," said Tedeschi, 39, whose first piece was a John Lennon head in which the musician's hair covered his nose, mouth and other facial features. "I wasn't a good student except for my art classes and poetry — I enjoyed that. And, it became a coping mechanism or a way to deal with life in a different way."