I grew up in rural Ohio and left sometime around 1987. Los Angeles became my home for the next seventeen years. I had many creative jobs there before I took up painting. I worked at a thriving art publishing company. ...and met many successful traditional artists.
It would be several years before I applied myself to painting. In the meantime, I finished a BA in Studio Art and spent several years doing 3D character modelling and animation for video games and movies.
|(LEFT) Painting murals at the Chaplin-DeMille estate, Los Feliz, CA|
(MIDDLE) I taught a beginning drawing class for children.
(RIGHT) Me and my old boss, art dealer and publisher Basil Collier, Culver City, CA
|Presenting pottery designs|
to Walmart buyer in Bentonville, AR
|Playa del Rey, CA sometime in the mid-90's|
One of my lily paintings was reproduced as a giclee and sold in the Saks Fifth Ave catalogue. I also had a gallery-slash-live-in space in San Pedro, CA and enjoyed opening my studio once a month for artwalks.
Meanwhile back home in Ohio my sister had started a family. This was huge news. Suddenly after seventeen years away, I knew it was time to go back home.