About The Artist:
I grew up in the American Midwest, in the rural farming community of Industry, Illinois. My artistic interests come mainly from my mother. She’s always creative, and taught art K-12 for many years. I blame my father for my love of cars. He’s owned a dozen convertibles, and several other interesting vehicles. Apparently, this condition can be inherited.
As a student, I entertained myself drawing cars and unflattering cartoons of my teachers. This inspired comments like,“That’s nice, but how will you earn a living after graduation?” Well, I kept drawing and soon earned a commercial art degree from Western Illinois University. I have since pursued an art career, and worked for Disney and Universal Studios. I still like to diagram sentences and solve algebraic word problems, but these days, if I want to pay the mortgage, I have to draw cars.
My Mac experience began when I accepted a job designing billboards. At that time, I also started illustrating and writing a monthly feature for Mike Kelly’s Cruise News, a regional car magazine. These columns profiled significant people and events in automotive history. I recommend this experience to any artist looking for greater exposure. It got me used to meeting deadlines, and the research provided me with a better understanding of automotive history. My only regret is that without exception, each subject deserves more attention than time or space allowed. If you read any of my stuff, I encourage you to learn more about each subject elsewhere.
Lately, I hang my hat at Daytona Trophy, and spend my days in the shadow of the Daytona International Speedway, creating original art for automotive events nationwide. Apple computers are essential to my work. I use an iMac at home, and a dandy new G5 at work. The applications I use most are Freehand, and Photoshop. I use these to prepare the art, and GoLive to build and maintain my website. In addition to my nine-to-five job, freelance work keeps me increasingly busy at home, in DeLand, Florida.
Classic Car, Hot Rod/Custom Car and Muscle Car (Cartoon and T-Shirt Design)