What comes first – the medium or the message? Tell me a little about the work that will be on view.
The words come first, usually just two or three words that have impact. Then I try to match those with a bold, whimsical character.
Describe your creative process.
I start drawing a character with loose flowing lines in blue pencil then tighten and refine the image in red pencil. Once I have a complete sketch, I begin a final black ink drawing. Scan that into Photoshop and start adding color. After that’s complete, I flip the image and make an inkjet print. To transfer that onto a piece of gessoed birchwood, I soak the print in water, apply a coat of matte medium on the board and place the print face down, rubbing it flat. Then into the oven for 15 minutes, and soak the board and gently remove the paper leaving only the ink printed onto the board. When dry, apply 2 coats of varnish.
What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your Studio?
My computer with Photoshop is something I’d be lost without. I love being able to try out different color combinations, add textures, line manipulation and sizing. It still feels like a modern miracle.
Who do you consider your main artistic influences?
I’ve long been influenced by old cartoons and comics from the 1930’s and 40’s, the freedom of underground comics in the late 60’s, Andy Warhol, carnival and circus signage and current artists Gary Taxali, Christian Northeast and Seymor Chwast.
Please list 5-10 books, movies and/or music that currently inspire you.