Random info: Many many years ago IZAL TP was a useful substitute for tracing paper used by little budding artists (like me) in Scotland.
ALSO if you're curious about the BIRDS that often show up in my art...
It was my single ambition to be an artist.
... that plus trying to make my Dad laugh - a habit that often surfaces in my art today. So, after completing art school in Edinburgh I entered a career in graphic design and advertising. A couple of years later I left Scotland behind to land in Portland, Oregon - the launch point of an intense 12 year entrepreneurial adventure as co-founder/art director of three start-up businesses developing children's reading and creativity products.
All those years of hands-on, diversified, creative experiences are the essence of my art today. As a mixed media artist, my art is a profusely detailed, colorful fusion of drawing, painting, illustration, design, digital fine art, typography, photography, and a lot of coffee.
Inspiration comes from something noticed sometime, someplace and stored in my head until it surfaces to become useable. A starting point can be tiny but will expand through twists and turns, igniting thoughts and elements which become a chorus taking on real form and shape.
I work with all sorts of tools and often build my own frames - which are "rustic" due to basic tools. I figure they add unique appeal since the design and construction is my own invention.
Having been juried in to a lot of wonderful art shows I know I'm fortunate to do what I love. There's huge joy in watching visitors enjoy my art. I love that!
Personal philosophy: Art is totally subjective... and whatever draws your eye to my work is appreciated - whether you love it or not.
One Sees What One Sees!