I’m a freelance artist, currently working on Blackstone, a comic book I’m co-writing with my wife.
My mom’s tactic for harnessing the restless energy of her five boys was to sit us down at the kitchen table and have us draw. My earliest artistic influence was my oldest brother, Richard. Everything he drew was cool — monsters, cars, skulls, comic book characters — and it made me want to draw, too.
Richard also introduced me to my next big influence when he got me reading comic books. I started trying to copy what I saw on the pages, the work of guys like Todd MacFarlane, Alan Davis, John Romita, Sr. and Jr., and Mark Silvestri. In the mid-80′s, I started reading Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and was inspired by the idea of an independent comic. Eventually I started writing and drawing my own comic books.
Over the years, my love of visual storytelling has grown, as well as my general love of art. I studied at the Art Institute of Phoenix and American River College. I’ve freelanced since my early 20′s, having done book and CD cover art, business logos and advertisements, and commissioned portraits in addition to my comic book artwork. I’ve also had some of my concept art published in a textbook.