My background is so varied, it is hard to do a Readers Digest version, but I'll try. I am now retired after a life of artistic creativity in most everything I did.
I was an editorial cartoonist, a graphic artist, a retail display creator, a television set designer/builder for PBS affiliate WGBY, an exhibit designerbuilder for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, a newspaper ad artist, a television production teacher at Elkhorn, WI high school, a Police Sketch Artist, a newspaper reporter/photographer/artist, a disc jockey, owner of my own advertising company-Baconart Design, a Catalog Coordinator for Spalding sporting goods and a freelancer in the following fields cartoonist, photographer, news videographer and artist.
I grew up in Massachusetts, moved to Wisconsin in 1989, then to Georgia in 1998 and finally to Rutherfordton, North Carolina in 2000. It was all the moves that presented opportunities to do so many things. But, throughout this journey, my love of pen and ink, or marker drawings, was my favorite medium. I loved cartooning, having my own strip for five years in Wisconsin. But capturing a real life likeness of wildlife is a challenge and the more I worked at it, the more rewarding the results were to me. Working as a police sketch artist helped me concentrate on individual features that can make or break a composite or portrait for a close visual likeness to the subject.
My wildlife art is mostly from photos, however, I have on occassion been able to do drawings in the field when I had a cooperating subject standing still for a length of time. It was here I learned to sketch fast.