Thanks for stopping by.
I won't bore you too much with the details. Instead I'll give you the basics and let you get on with things. I was born in rural Indiana. I started sketching at a young age and was given every encouragement by my family. After studying at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, I fell into being a web designer. Only recently have I returned to traditional illustration and painting.
That's the short story.
The Long Story
The long story is that I've always been a fan of pop culture and representational art. Combine those two things together and you've got me. I'm not the first and I certainly won't be the last, but the images of monsters, aliens, ghosts, dragons and other flights of fancy find their way into my work. Painters such as Whelan, Elmore, and Parkinson have inspired me for many years.
On a fine art level I love the Dutch masters for their boldness and sheer ease they paint anything and everything in such a detailed way. Modern masters such as Dali, Bacon, Hopper and Albright round out my sphere of influence.
What I Did
I studied studio painting while in Chicago and several drawing classes opened me up to methods used by Picasso and the like. Deciding that, as a post-modernist, I really didn't need a grand "vision" to express myself, I turned my back on the world of traditional fine art and focused on what made me happy. I put down the brush and entered the world of technology, as personal computers made their way into my home in the 1990's.
Since 1999, I've worked as a web designer, which fuels some of my creative outlet. However, in the recent past I've been filling my time with video games, horror movies and watching roller derby intently. Strangely enough, these things inspired me to re-kindle my art, if only because I found so much enjoyment in each of them.
What I Do
If I have any sort of vision now, it is to be the Norman Saunders of the roller derby art scene, and even that's a stretch. No matter what, I'll continue to paint and create for the fun of it all. I hope you enjoy my work too.
Questions, Comments and Feedback
Will I do commission work? It depends on my schedule. I can usually be talked into a lot of things. Commissioned paintings start at $300, depending on size, materials and complexity.
If you'd like to contact me, feel free to send me an email. I will do my best to answer within a few days time.
And, yes, I have a page on Facebook.