Before the internet
I have been doing art for literally as long as I can remember. My grandmother worked at the local newspaper and supplied me with huge sheets of blank paper, pens and pencils. My first memories of being obsessed with drawing was around the age of 4. I wanted to recreate the saturday morning cartoons that I looked forward to once a week. Since childhood I knew that art would be the only thing I would ever do in some form or another. I am self taught, other than a year of art school. I grew up and came of creative age before computers had entered the medium. Art and business has always gone hand in hand for me. Since my early teens, I have sold my art for shirts, ads, and posters. I unknowingly developed a unique style that resonated commercially. My career began in earnest while doing political cartoons for the largest newspaper in Vermont, which turned into general illustration assignments for feature pages. I immediately loved telling a 'story' in one image, boiling the article down to its visual essence in order to grab the reader and make them linger on the page. It's something I learned from studying two of my favorite artists, Norman Rockwell, and J.C. Leyendecker. Both of them were longtime cover artists for the Saturday Evening Post. Those covers were iconic in the way that they told a whole story at a glance.