From an interview with Photospin
How did you get started?
Drawing pictures on the backs
of my books during class in Catholic
grammar school. I became something
of a star with cartoon commentaries,
and by age 13 graduated to large scale
chalk versions on the blackboards between class—kept me busy, and constantly in trouble.
How many years as a visual artist?
I started working part time as a freelance artist while finishing college (Pratt Institute) in 1972-4. I've been at it ever since.
Air Force, 1968-71.
What's your day job?
I've been self-employed as an illustrator and designer for the past 30 years.
How do you approach creative problems?
As open-ended as possible. I try to get at a simple concept, even a cliched one, and then work with it until it becomes mine. I look at lots of things in the meantime: CA magazine, current publications, art history books, just for a kind of attitude or starting point to approach the page: a palette, or a general style or mood. After that, the process of doing it (the design, the illustration) pretty much takes me through to the finish. I don't use much reference once I've started.
Artists who you find innovative? Inspiring?
N.C Wyeth, (and Andrew, and Jamie); Brad Holland, Etienne Dellesert,
Gary Kelley, Matt Mahurin, Guy Billout. . .
Collecting lead soldiers.
Music (guitar since I was 12; folk-rock bands from 16-35); horseback riding;
tennis; history. . . and collecting lead soldiers.
What is your current desktop background?
My girlfriend, Jen, dancing..
Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.
Music of choice?
Mixed: Miles Davis (1940-50); Tord Gustavson; Brad Mehldau; Chris Botti; East Village Opera Company; Pat Metheney; Diana Krall; Stacey Kent; Mark Knopfler; Greg Brown; Bruce Springsteen.