New York Artist & Illustrator
Hello everyone, hope you enjoyed your visit to my site and the artwork in it. I guess in an “about” page you’re suppose to talk about yourself, you know, how you got started doing what you do and what led you to where you are today.
Well, my story is a bit unusual and far right from what appears on my website. Though I can say as most artists do, I’ve drawn pretty much as far back as I can remember, the earliest being around age four while at my Grandparent’s house. I really enjoyed trains back then and my Grandparents lived right next to railroad tracks where I would sit by the window all day watching all sorts of trains go by. I remember drawing them, not just as any kid would, but with depth and perspective.
Specializing in cover art, illustration and fine art landscapes started early
As the years went by I got hooked on comic books (Marvel comics mainly, but ghost and monster comics as well) which I believe focused my interest on the human body and how you could draw the form in so many ways. I mimicked the style of comic book greats like John Romita Sr., John Buscema, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Bernie Wrightson and Gene Colan.
In my high school years my art teacher took me under his wing and helped me polish the rough edges, especially in the female form. I had a lot to learn and he pointed me in the right direction.
This is a collection of photos taken from the many Star Trek Conventions my wife and I attended from Maine to as far south as Maryland and east to Ohio where we met several of the actors from all the series. In most cases I would always do a painting to compliment each show and have the actors sign their autographs to finish each piece. Click the photo to see the slideshow.
This is one of many paintings I have done from my wife’s kayak adventures in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. My wife, Lori has an eye for photographic composition and comes home with some of the most beautiful scenic views of her travels. My wife and her friends have their own website, take a moment to visit them at Adirondack Ladies of the Lake.com.
Cover art and book illustration are what I enjoy most. The concept based on the author’s/publisher’s description is what stirs my imagination. And working digitally is the only way today, especially with deadlines and revisions. My most recent cover work was done for the author, Trace Hunter. His books can be found on Amazon.com
But at age seventeen my life skewed in a totally different direction, why I have no idea, since it had nothing to do with art. I decided that I wanted to go into law enforcement as soon as I was old enough. So after graduation I worked in a hospital as an orderly while undergoing the process of becoming a police officer and finally after a long and exhaustive process, and at the earliest possible age I was accepted in the police academy and later became a police officer in the City I had been working in. Pretty much the rest of my adult life was spent in that vocation while still finding time to do my art.
A few years before retirement I got the artwork urge big time, but this time I found myself holding an airbrush and after a few paintings I was hooked on the medium. I continued to hone my style and it seemed like my learning had just begun.
Here are a few samples of my bread and butter during the decade of the 90’s. I did several famous people for my display pieces but lost count of my commissions during that time. I would spend a couple of hours on each depending on the composition or amount of people in each portrait. Though these were done traditionally, I create the same quality digitally today.
Here I can be seen using my new acquisition, the Wacom Companion 2. It is a computer and tablet all in one, great for doing caricatures on the fly. Hardly any setup and as you can see, I print out the finished product for the customer. This was my first attempt at doing digital caricatures at shows and festivals. It was a fun Summer. Click on the photo for a slideshow. If you are interested in digital products such as these visit Wacom.com.
This process went on for many years until the first computer entered my studio. Computers were a bit young back then so it took a few more years to understand their use and by then software and computers had reached a point where the ability to draw and paint on them had come to match traditional work. It was at this time that I had entered the “digital age”.
From this point on in my life I left my traditional art behind and entered the world of digital painting. The same principles were all there and nothing much had changed shy of the learning curve, and mistakes were a thing of the past. And I found that I could mix some mediums in a digital painting that could never be done traditionally.
Like the airbrush, I was once again hooked and have been there ever since. Now, I sit at my computer with a Wacom 21UX tablet and stylus and do everything I used to do in the old days, without the mess. Though, after sixteen years of strictly digital artwork, I have had the urge to go back to traditional art as well, if only to have an original in hand when done.
An artist and illustrator in the heart of the Adirondacks NY…
Today I delve into various projects such as children’s books, illustrations for book covers or interior pages, caricature and portrait commissions and of course local Adirondack landscapes. If you’ve ever been to the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York you’ll know what I mean.
I’m open to most any project or commission if my style fits. With the endless possibilities digital art offers, I can’t ever see myself tiring of it. I would like to put together some tutorials or maybe even produce a learning video someday to offer those interested in digital art a hands on to help them get started on their own adventure. When I do I will also include traditional airbrush tutorials for those interested. If you sign up for my blog I will keep you posted as I progress. Thanks again for visiting.