Born in Springfield, Ohio, I enjoyed an “artsy” upbringing. My father was an illustrator in the Air Force — a renaissance man of sorts. He had a local reputation as a sign painter, architect, portrait painter and athlete. He had me catching softballs and drawing horses and hair by the time I was 4. My mom sang and played piano in her church choir, and she taught me to sing in harmony, although I passed on the piano, which is where my brother excels. My sister drew, sang and has exquisite taste in interior design. In time, though I love both. I grew more artistic than athletic and sang in gospel groups and choirs and fronted many bands, including one in Iceland during a Air Force assignment. Drawing was great, but it took a back seat to music during most of my 20s. That all changed in an instant while laboring for the DT&I Railroad one day while helping to rip out an old railroad track with a pick axe (in sweltering heat).
Singing wasn’t paying the bills and Railroad work was excruciating. That’s when I decided to seriously try my hand in the field of graphic art.
I earned an Associates degree in Commercial Art in 1982 and was hired out of the Columbus College of Art and design in 1984 by the Dayton Daily News Promotions Department as a part-time graphic artist. Over 27 years I was promoted to full time positions to the Advertising and finally the Editorial Art departments in 1994. After retiring early in 2011, I pursued what had long been a goal of mine by entering the world of art publishing and licensing. My vision and goal is to make high quality, salable images for reproduction. Determination to meet that goal is what fuels my day, and I love everything about it, especially its challenges.