Like most artists I've been painting and drawing since childhood. I knew at an early age that I wanted to be an artist. I graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 1980 and a career in illustration followed. I bounced around the midwest working for advertising art studios in Milwaukee, Chicago and Waterloo, Iowa until I eventually started my freelance business in 1986. Through art reps in Chicago and Los Angeles I received assignments from ad agencies and publishers from coast to coast.
A freelancer enjoys lots of freedom, but little stability so in 2008 I took a job as an illustrator for a large aerospace company in Texas where I still reside. I continue to work there
as an illustrator/graphic designer.
My style and technique have changed many times in my forty plus years as an illustrator. In my personal work I have settled on cityscapes as my favorite subject and oil as my medium of choice. So far I have been focusing on Chicago
scenes but I have many New York compositions in the works.
I think it is the human element about a bustling city that I prefer over other landscapes. I get the sense of a thousand stories waiting to be told. The city makes me feel like I
am just one tiny gear in a huge machine but still a vital part
of what makes it all run.
My inspiration comes from spending long hours exploring the city with my camera. I especially love busy, chaotic
scenes where there is so much going on that your eye never stops moving, which is just how I feel in the city.
I hope you enjoy my work and check back often to see what's new.