a b o u t
I’ve been drawing as far back as I can remember. My earliest drawing memory, is drawing Rocky and Bullwinkle while the show aired on TV. I must've been around 3 years old. I grew up during the sixties, when Charles Schulz and the artists of Mad Magazine were producing great work. I was inspired by printed art. Unlike the overwhelming entertainment options today, back then drawing was one of the few things a kid could do for amusement.
I enjoy the challenge and the collaboration of the many projects I've been involved in. It’s great 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: I’ve found that the more often I draw, the easier the ideas come to me. With a sketchbook in hand, I pay attention and I'm receptive to my surroundings. To convey what you see and how you feel - on paper? That’s the magic trick.
Q: Do you use a computer/photographs?
A: The computer and photographs are great tools and help the composition process. It’s all about the degree that you use them. I like to add a personal hand drawn element into my work. I prefer pencils and pens, erasers and paper.
Q: Did you go to art school?
A: Yes, I've taken plenty of drawing classes. Mostly, I've drawn and learned on my own. Without exception, my art teachers had issues with my whimsical cartoony style. But I’m very thankful I learned the ground rules of art from some dedicated art teachers.
Q: Can anyone learn to draw?
A: I'm optimistic, so I’d say, yes. People always say 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, when you give yourself a break, and take a shot.
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. Artists I look to for inspiration were masters of the drawn line: Hokusai, Hirschfeld, Lautrec.
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.