A Little Bit About Me
I was born and raised in Northern Delaware (about 40 miles southwest of Philadelphia) where I've lived and been drawing most of my life. My first influences were comic books, toys, and eventually 80's Thrash Metal. I spent endless hours recreating album covers, pages from comic books and thumping around on an old bass guitar.
Right after school, I began work at a software company developing fonts, software interface, and packaging and marketing materials. After a 4 year run with the company -- which included 2 years as the sole artist at a development office in Seattle, WA -- we were bought by a company who, in turn, was bought by Activision. Instead of following that company down to Florida, I decided to head out on my own; I have been working as a freelance graphic designer since 1996.
I've never had to look too hard to find things to influence me, but some of the biggest influences on my art have been: 50's and 60's "rubber monster" movies, The Simpsons, Pushead, Salvador Dali, Dr. Seuss, Derek Riggs (Iron Maiden cover artist), Hieronymus Bosch, Tim Burton, Edward Gorey, National Geographic, Starblazers, the A-Team, Atari 2600, Thrash Metal, Akira, The Mac, WWII Propaganda, Industrial Design of the 30's and 40's, Soviet Iconography, skateboard art of the 80's, Jim Henson / the Dark Crystal, George Lucas and the first three Star Wars movies, Classic Marvel and DC Superhero comics, H.R. Giger / Aliens, Area 51, punk rock flyer art, the Millenium Falcon, The Brain That Wouldn't Die.
When I'm not designing graphics I'm probably spending time with my wife Maggie, woodworking, skate/skim/snowboarding (well, not so much skate these days), working on my house, playing basketball, yard saling, riding my bike, screaming at the Philadelphia Eagles, drumming, getting my ass kicked at Battlefield 1942, or playing guitar and singing with my band Clobbersaurus.