Gregg Hamby was born in Iron Mountain, Michigan. He received a Bachelor of Fine arts degree in painting and drawing from California State University Fullerton, graduating with honors in 1999. Growing up nature played an important role in his life. His mother was the only child of an avid outdoorsman and she learned from her father the beauty of nature. In turn, his Grandfather passed this same love to him while they spent countless hours together in the woods of Northern Michigan. This instilled in him an understanding and respect for all living things.