1970 Born in Anchorage Alaska
Currently lives and works in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA
1990 Associate Degree in Graphics Arts
Antonelli Institute of Art & Photography, York, Pennsylvania
North Light Books' Strokes of Genius 5: Composition.(tentative publication date is September 13, 2013)
Private Collection, Seattle, Washington, USA
Private Collection, Fairfield, Pennsylvania, USA
Private Collection, Brick, New Jersey, USA
"Art has been a major part of my life since I was very young. My art has been my enjoyment, my passion and my escape."
I love to create and experiment with different mediums. Creation of art is more than expression, it is an extension of the creator. I strive to inflict my moods and a little part of myself in every piece I create.
My creations vary in subject from landscapes, nudes, portraits to symbolic.
I love black and white, so my preferred medium is graphite and charcoal. So, each piece I create I make sure there is plenty of contrast and detail.
Growing up in a lower middle income family, my parents didn't have the funds to send me to an out of state college. So I enrolled in a local Commercial Art School, originally Antonelli Institute Art & Photography and then ownership passed hands my second year and it became Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts.
Over summer break from art school, I found a job learning screen printing by trade.
After graduating, I went back to the school at night to teach night courses part time. While working as a screen printer and artist full time by day.
I have had the pleasure of doing commercial advertising work for companies like Hardee's (fast food resturaunt), various local radio stations and local businesses. I have also worked with some rock bands management, due to working with the local radio stations creating apparel designs for such bands as The Black Crowes.
Years later, after the birth of our first daughter, I started my own Imprinted Apparel business in order to make more money to support a family. In which, I still own today. Through ownership, I had complete creativity as my own artist. I now, commission myself out as a freelance artist to others printers and larger apparel companies worldwide. I have done apparel designs for MMA Fighters such as Thiego Alves and Donald Cerrone. I was also asked to design a 9-11 Anniversary Design.
A few years ago, with the kids growing up and becoming more involved in their own social lives and friends, I was able to get back to doing what I love, being an artist. An artist in the sense that I could draw and paint on a fine art level instead of a commercial level.
Some may think its too late and a lot of time has passed me by and that starting a career as a fine artist and illustrator is treading water. I don't. I think I did what I had to do from the start and with the cards I was dealt. I have no regrets and there's no looking back. Just looking forward.
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