The Illustrated Cat ~ an early piece. Illustrator, Photoshop. 2001
I've been asked many times; "When did you start drawing?" My answer, "Soon as I could hold a pencil." Loved it then, love it now. I believe in, and live by a wise saying:
“Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ― Mark Twain
Most of my career has been freelance, which I enjoy if only for the benefits of being my own boss and freedom to travel and have some fun in this life. And I love art. In all of its forms.
Prior to computer art, watercolor, pen and ink, gouache, and colored pencil were my go-to mediums. Aldus Freehand, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Quark became my digital mediums in the 1980s, and so it continues. Adobe is all grown up into the Cloud, and though my love is true, it still leaves me a little uneasy, I suppose. Nevertheless, I shall endeavor to persevere, as in the immortal words of Richard Nixon...
I enjoy the obscure, love to research my assignments, and love, love, love color and texture! My influences have been, and still are, Mucha, Klimpt, Rousseau, Steinlen, Magritte, and graphic designer Louise Fili, to name a few. Of course, Janet Gridley, my high school art teacher, and Roger Columbik, my college sculpture instructor. Plus a few other persons of note who steered me through the confusion of the Masters program at Texas State University, San Marcos: Claudia Roeschmann, Grayson Lawrence, Jeff Davis, and Bill Meek. Thank you all so very much!
And last, but not least, a shout out to my Aunt Jan, without whom this art life may never have happened! Ciao!