I’m a native of Los Angeles, California and I hold a BFA in Fine Art from Cornish College of The Arts in Seattle. I have been told that my art has a “timeless feel with a dark and whimsical edge”. It’s narrative in nature and is inspired by stories imagined wholly in my mind. These are fragments of tales from a place called The Thousand Weed Marsh. I like to think of them as scenes ripped from a larger story, like illustrations cut from worn and dusty children’s books from years gone by. I leave the rest of the story up to the viewer’s imagination.
I’m often asked how I came to be interested in illustrative art. I grew up in Los Angeles, where my school lacked proper funding for learning materials. My father, an artist himself, would get me to read my photocopied primers by drawing pictures on the books’ endpapers. His attempts missed the mark, and I became more fascinated with the drawings than learning to read. I began honing my craft by making drawings on the inside of my father’s books, much to his chagrin…
I got interested in the picture and not the stories.
The dean of the art department who was interviewing me, after looking at my portfolio asked me if I should try out for commercial art, and I said “No I want to be a real artist.”
I got stuck on this illustrated world called A Thousand Weed Marsh, with these turn of the century illustrated animals. – Whimsy with a touch of the dark.
Pages torn out of a book and out of context, I wanted to leave the viewer to come up with their own conclusions or to fill in the story after that.