I’ve been drawing ever since I can remember. I recall copying the images of Rocky and Bullwinkle while the show aired on TV. I must've been around 3! I grew up during the sixties, when Charles Schulz and the artists of Mad Magazine were producing all that great work. Drawing was one of the things a kid could do, for free. I couldn’t help but be inspired.
From 1980-84, I attended The Evergreen State College, in Olympia Washington. The college gave me a foundation of independent thinking that I use to this day. For a few years I became the go-to artist for the college, creating many posters and illustrations. It was the start of my career as a freelance artist.
I enjoy the collaborative process of the many freelance assignments I've been involved in. I appreciate that my art has a use and a function out there in the greater world.
A few common questions and their answers...
Q: How do you get your ideas?
A: Often while travelling. I look for a lively place that calls out to be drawn. I gravitate toward unique buildings and locations. Often there are some unique characters inhabiting these places.
Q: Do you use a computer/photographs?
A: The computer and photographs are useful tools. I mostly work from my sketchbook and memory. I often use photos to jog my memory or give me a sense of an overall layout.
Q: Did you go to art school?
A: I've taken plenty of drawing classes, but I've drawn way more on my own. A personal style emerges over time, built on experiences and influences. Today I continue to learn more. I draw whenever I can.
Q: Can anyone learn to draw?
A: Often people have said to me, “I wish I could draw. I can’t draw a straight line.” As if it's a verdict already cast in stone. You have to give yourself a break. Maybe you can draw, or have some other creative talent. My work doesn't start out in a finished form. There are many scribbles, sketches and revisions. It all starts from somewhere. Who knows what talent can emerge in an encouraging environment?
Q: Who are your influences?
A: As a kid I was totally into Mad Magazine. Over the years, I've discovered many more great artists. My favorite artists were masters of the drawn line: Hokusai, Hirschfeld, Lautrec. (By the way...I aspire to draw like these greats...no way I'm in their league, of course!)
Q: Do you consider yourself a cartoonist?
A: I guess so. I've always drawn with a humorous line. Although I take into consideration creative aspects like good design and composition. It's a lot of good hard work.