I’ve spent the last four decades experimenting, failing, and dreaming, all with one goal in mind—finding my true artistic voice. I tried everything from painting and cartooning, to writing full length novels and illustrating childrens’ picture books. Because I knew I could never be truly satisfied until I found the perfect balance between career and creativity. I’m dyslexic and adhd. Although this combination makes for a fiercely creative mind, it can also make that balance difficult to find.
In order to stay financially stable, I learned to become an orthodontic lad technician—this would pay the bills while I continued my creative pursuit in the background for the next two decades. Lab work would eventually turn into a destructive, draining force in my life, as I gained more experience and found myself with less and less energy at the end of each day. But I continue to keep up the good work and try to stay as positive and productive as I can.
The majority of my art skills are self taught, with a few exceptions. Surface pattern design came to me in an unexpected and serendipitous way, while I was researching a completely unrelated topic. I found it highly appealing, both for its practical application, and its widely diverse styles and public appeal. People buy patterns—a lot. I knew I’d found the answer. For the first time in my life, I invested my hard earned money and much of my free time into learning more. I’m so glad I did.
I live in Richmond, Virginia, a mile from the James River, with my two Dachshunds and beautiful, highly intelligent wife.
Thanks so much for visiting. I’m grateful.