1958-Born in California, I am the product of a loving, industrious and creative family (my Mom reads this).
1975-Took my first art class in my high school Junior year. Quickly realized I could replace many difficult
school projects by offering the teacher a slide show, scrap book or something pretty instead. Art soon
became my "go-to" trick. It did have its limits though: Not every teacher would give me a 'B' on a 'C' paper
hand-penned in calligraphy.
1976-Dad had this delusional notion that I was following in his footsteps to become an
electronics engineer. He'd overlooked one issue: I sucked at higher math. I broke it to him that I
was going to be a "Graphic Designer." I had no clue what this title meant, my art friends threw
the term around loosely, but to me it sounded techie enough for my dad to swallow and much
better than "homeless artist."
1976-Working the night shift at a mini-mart while attending Orange Coast College (Graphic Arts Major, but still vague on the definition), I came across an ad seeking pen and ink artists for Yellow Page ads. $2.65 an hour, hmm. It was a .20 an hour cut in pay, but then it had benefits: I wouldn't get shot there.
1977-Accepted to Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, as an Illustration Major. Lived on coffee,
peanut butter and 5 hours of sleep a night. Also learned to paint, cut mattes and cat-nap while driving with
one eye. Graduated with a BFA in 1981. Designed and painted cute greeting cards to pay for tuition.
And just for youthful brilliance and timing, get married too.
1982-Landed a full-time art job at KNBC Los Angeles, primarily to end the horror of designing teddy bear and kitten greeting cards. Painted graphics for news stories- about 1500 in all, on every subject you've ever heard on the news.
Winner of three Gold Broadcast Design Excellence Awards. To my surprise, not real gold.
1984-The best daughter in the world is born. Turns out she needs food and stuff.
Top of the art pay scale at KNBC can't cut it. Hired by DIC Animation development
department designing props, characters, and backgrounds for new shows.
Also during this time I was adjunct faculty at UCI and Irvine Valley College, teaching
painting techniques to others like me who wanted to escape a career in engineering.
1986-Enter the world of freelance art: Advertising Illustration, Packaging,
Product Design, Murals, Commercial Sculpture & Production, Jewelry Design,
Paper Sculpture and Sports Collectibles.
1994-Met the love of my life who brings me
inspiration, travel, sanity and endless conversation.
Now the Bragging-A partial client list includes: ABC, American Red Cross, Arrowhead/Perrier,
Bosch, Cannon Films, Century 21, Disney, Frito- Lay, Hallmark, HBO, Jack Daniels, March of Dimes, Mattel,
Porsche, Playboy, Prudential, RCA, Ritz-Carlton, Simple Green, US Mint, United Way, Upper Deck and Warner.
Accepted two Silver Awards for "The Best In Dimensional Illustration Worldwide." My sculptures and
paintings have found homes with music and movie stars; capitol buildings; colleges and museums.