I was raised in Orangevale, CA. A small country town that was very country like at the time. It was the late 50’s and early 60’s and it was a wonderful place to grow up in with pleanty of room to let your creative thoughts run wild. I knew at the very early age of 3 that I wanted to be an artist. I’m also an avid photographer.
Before I was out of High School I had won several awards in painting, had articles written about me in the Sacramento Bee and was offered my first one man art show at the Bill Cleamer Gallery in Miami, FL.
After High School I married my high school sweetheart Cindy O’Neal and we started our married life together trveling around the country displaying my artwork through the art show circuit. Most of the artwork I was producing was leaning towards fantasy and marine life. Traveling and doing the artshows we met and became friends with many of the contemporary artist of the time. We especially became good friends with seascape artist George E. Lee. George taught me a great many things about the business of selling artwork. He was one of the few artists that I ever met who was as good a businessman as he was an artist. He also introduced me to many of the gallery owners of the time and got my work into the gallery’s in San Franciso and Carmel. Including Jack Swanson’s Gallery “Swanson’s” in San Francisco.
In the 80’s I was invited to teach art workshops in the Sacramento and San Francisco areas. I also started working with computers creating graphics and artwork for software development. This included two of the earliest software packages for the Macintosh computer, which I developed myself, called “LasArt” and “Time Star”. We also produced four educational videos on portrait painting and cartooning at this time. In 1986, we moved to Myrtle Point, Oregon where I opened a studio gallery.
We are again living in Orangevale, CA. I continue to paint, create cartoons, illustrations and produce 3D animation for video production work. In recent years, I’ve illustrated several books for children, and am currently working on a fantasy book for children that I’m both writing and illustrating, called “The Fiery Forest”.
The drive to create artwork continues.