The work I create is an extension or my personality, sense of humor that begin to develop on either tracing paper, sketchbook, or, storytelling and exaggeration of everyday life. I draw from both the past and present and illustrate my own view of the event or personality. Having engaged subjects such as baseball, music, and American culture my work gives a diverse and interpretive viewpoint of the world.
These themes are transformed into drawings that begin to develop on either tracing paper, sketchbook, or on watercolor paper. My process involves many different media. A final piece begins with a pencil sketch and develops into a line drawing. A wash of watercolor to begin the painting process and adding local color to the piece is the next step. Once dried I add a spray of working fixative an add layers of acrylic and colored pencil. Finally, I finalize the piece using a variety of pens to keep the drawing intact and not lost under the layers of paint as that the most important aspect of my art.
I set out to be a freelance illustrator and teacher of art upon graduation Ringling College of Art in 2001. I’ve transformed from small spot illustrations with very little background to illustrating pieces depicting storytelling, mood, history, and American culture that has been influenced by illustration, animation, Pop Surrealism, painters, and local artists. My strength has always been drawing and tried many techniques over the years to develop my style and technique and bring new and fresh ideas back to my art. Artist’s such as C.F. Payne and Bernie Fuchs with their oil wash and pull-out technique to Peter DeSeve and Jack Unruh’s beautiful line work.
Growing up I was influenced by Norman Rockwell and Frank Frazetta. Today the list has expanded to too many to include in a few short words. My work is and always will be an extension of myself and the way I perceive the world. I have the two greatest jobs in the world where I practice and then teach it many who love the world of art.