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I do illustrations in the realm of imaginative fiction, Nature, a bit of zombie humor here and there, and a healthy smattering of Dinosaurs.  This is my online store and gallery, and I would love to provide you with some Art.

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Influences

I had an obsession as a child that I never grew out of- Dinosaurs. I thought about and drew them all the time, especially when there were less interesting things like long division to think about. While visiting Glen Rose, Texas (a fossil hotspot) at the age of about 9, my family were wading through a creek and I stepped into a fossilized dinosaur footprint. After I swam back to the surface and realized what happened, well, outside of a park with cloned dinosaurs that was pretty much the coolest thing possible.

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My Mother had been an artist, and she put it on the back burner when her and my Dad started their family. One day after school when I was about 7 years old I was flipping through the channels and I came across a guy showing people how to paint flowers. I went and got my Mom, having seen her paintings, and we started watching together. That was Gary Jenkins. (Wiggle wiggle-Out!) That lead to William Alexander and of course, Bob Ross. My mother caught the bug again and started painting in earnest, and we would watch the shows together after school. So in that way I take credit for her accomplishments as well as my own. Just kidding- Love you Mom! :)

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The other great love besides dinosuars that had a big impact on me as an artist was comic books. There's something about the marriage between visual art and storytelling that I've always loved. My folks used to buy variety packs of comics at gas stations to keep us busy on road trips, and I still have a few of those somewhere today. If I was really lucky, my Mom wouldn't notice the horror comics in the pack!

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When it comes to films, probably the most impactful thing I've ever seen was the original Clash of the Titans. That captured my imagination when I was 5, and it still does today. Valley of Gwangi was also huge for me, I can't believe there aren't more Cowboy/Dinosaur movies out there. So yeah, Ray Harryhausen was a huge influence. And then there were all those classic horror films when I got older...