One of the most powerful things about human beings is that we tell stories. Even if we don’t believe that we have any talent at all for it, we can’t help talking about our lives, the lives of others, and the lives we dream about. I’m no different in that way. I love writing, but I can’t keep myself from drawing and painting as ways to make those stories and the people in them come to life. Over the years, I’ve illustrated books, I’ve written and drawn comics, I’ve been an editorial cartoonist, I worked in graphic design for many years, and I’ve created fine art paintings which are devoted to quiet, meditative moments. In the fine art paintings, the narrative takes a back seat to mood and texture.
Like people who love classical, jazz, and rock music, I find myself attracted to and influenced by a number of different kinds and styles of art. I love medieval art and literature, and have done many paintings in egg tempera, a water based kind of paint that was standard until the early Renaissance, when oil painting became popular. I also love the work of painters like Homer, Hammershoi, Hopper, N.C. and Andrew Wyeth, Grant Wood, and Thomas Hart Benton. The whole history of illustration fascinates me, but I’m drawn very strongly to the work done by illustrators in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Comic artists like Hal Foster and Alex Raymond are also very, very important to the way I work, which is generally gentle, restrained, and a bit on the elegant side.
I earned my BFA in fine art from Indiana University Purdue Univerity at Fort Wayne (IPFW), I’m a member of the Chicago Society of Artists, and I’m associated with the Northern Indiana Pastel Society. I live in Fort Wayne, Indiana with my dear wife and our blind rescue pup Zoe.