Some of my earliest memories of childhood involve art (another involves being left in a running car and nearly running over my grandfather, but that’s another story). I drew constantly. As a result, I got better. After high school I went to art school at The American Academy of Art in Chicago where I studied illustration and oil painting.
Once I graduated, I left the snow and cold of Chicago and moved to the sweltering heat and misery of Las Vegas. I worked for a “theme” company making sculptures, paintings, signs, and other various odd things for casino decor. I gained real world experience and practical techniques in a place where construction and art were mashed together in an “I need it yesterday” environment. I did everything from sculpting to mold making, casting, faux finishing, fiberglass lamination, plastering, cast stone, and automotive paint spraying.
I bring all of these techniques to my illustration along with any material I find useful. The figurative elements are made with Sculpey and the final image has been carefully placed, lit, and photographed in one shot.
I’ve been a member of SCBWI since 2004.
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