I knew even when I was a kid that I
wanted to be an artist. I wasn't sure what kind of
artist or whether or not I could make a living from
it. I always knew that there was nothing I enjoyed
as much as drawing and painting.
I won a full scholarship to the Art Institute of
Atlanta right at the end of my senior year in high
school. While at AIA I majored in Visual
Communications and took all of the extra
illustration courses I could get. After graduating
with honors I got a job working as an illustrator/
designer for Ted Turner's billboard company. My
work was seen all over Atlanta on huge billboards.
My next and final job working for someone else was
for one of Atlanta's last remaining illustration
I branched out on his own in 1984. While
building up my illustration clientele I made ends
meet by doing comp work for several of Atlanta's
advertising agencies. In a short amount of time I
became one of the most sought after comp artists
in Atlanta. At the same time the illustration work
started to come in.
I embraced the new digital world of illustration
and am now well versed in all of the major illustration
software applications. It's hard to distinguish what was
produced by hand or on one of my Macs these days.
Over the years I have worked for clients as diverse
as Entertainment Weekly magazine, Black Enterprise
magazine, Disney Adventures magazine,
Bartender magazine, Y'all magazine, Focus on the
Family publications, Turner Broadcasting, the
Atlanta Braves, Hawks and Falcons, Orkin and
Recent work for me has brought a constant flow of
children's books and book covers.
I lives about 50 miles north of Atlanta with my
wife Donna. We have a wonderful married daughter
Whitney who is just starting her career as an art director.