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Starving Artists Never Die
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My Bio
Released my first Limited Edition Print in 1979 , and went to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh to study comercial art . Started working as a mold maker /sculptor for Ral Partha Enterprises in 1981 and went freelance fulltime in 1984 as a sculptor and illustrator . I attended the Academy of Communicative Arts in Cinicinnati in 1985 to learn traditional cel animation and was hired full time by Post Production Services in 1987 as an animator and computer graphics designer . I left commercial art in 1990 to freelance fulltime once again as a comic book illustrator , which I did until 1999 when I " officially retired " as a professional artist in order to work in the " real world " ( also known as a job that actually paid enough to enable me to PAY BILLS and have a LIFE ! ) Boredom with managing a retail liquor store eventually lead me back to the art world where I began working as a freelance contractor for The Walt Disney Company in 2010 as a theme production artist . In April of 2012 , I was hired full time by the Walt Disney Company in the capacity of a theme production artist in a perepheral workshop of Walt Disney World's Central Shops .

Favourite Visual Artist
Frank Frazetta
Favourite Movies
Ginger Snaps , Coraline
Favourite TV Shows
X-Files , The Walking Dead , Kolchak the Nightstalker
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Katy Perry , No Doubt, Pink Floyd , Oingo Boingo
Favourite Books
Anything by H.P. Lovecraft
Favourite Writers
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Favourite Games
I Don't Play GAMES !
Favourite Gaming Platform
Tools of the Trade
Pencil , Brush , Sculpting Tools , Airbrush
Other Interests
1/6 Scale Dollies


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2014 was an auspicious year ; I got to see Katy Perry LIVE in concert the month of June and three months later , September , Disney phased out our Theme Department and sent the artists and carpenters there packing . I spent the remainder of 2014 and the following year 2015 bouncing from one freelance gig to another struggling to make ends meet . In 2016 I was faced with certain eviction and the needs of a mother in her twilight years and so I retired the drawing board and became a live-in caregiver . Mom passed peacefully in 2017 and at the behest of my brother and sister-in-law moved from sunny North Fort Myers to grey and dismal Cincinnati - my ol' hometown ; about two blocks from their place . Toyed around with the possibility of returning to the art career but the burnout was too much . As Dame Fortune would have it I eventually came around full circle and got a job as a mold maker for the successor to the company I worked for straight out of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh -
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So the END of the WORLD was kind of a letdown . . . I had been anticipating this for two decades . Rather than let disappointment win , I decided I would continue on . I spent the month of December working overtime at Disney and sneeking in spare moments towards my Snarky the Elf 2012 Christmas Story where I could . I chose to broaden my Snarky Universe this year , creating ALL NEW sets to tell the story , add NEW CHARACTERS and in general let my inspiration lead me where it wished . What ensued was beyond my wildest imagination - it was cathartic artistically . During the month of December I built THREE sets - Santa's Living room , the Ent
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It is always interesting to me to get feedback from my audience , as an artist it allows me to understand how others see my work . Sometimes they see less than what I intend , othertimes they see more . On rare occasions they see something COMPLETELY differently . The work is the same to all who view it - yet with each individual the perception changes . They see it from an entirely new viewpoint that I don't possess . There are times when that individual POV is so contrary to what I see as an artist that I question not only THEIR idea of reality , but mine as well . As artists we do visualize our reality far differently than others
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Thanks for watching me :D:D:D

AC Comics' Tara the Jungle Girl

Can u have her beat on her breasts roaring her battle cry of victory I'm asking 4 a friend who is no longer on this cite

Hope you're doing good.

Hello! Your art really fits my current contest, maybe you'd like to take a look?

I've been a fan of your work for many years.

I got hooked on your style when you were doing the art on Femforce.

I bought Parts Unknown just because you penciled it.

I appreciate your support for Parts Unknown - it's a guilty pleasure .

Marvelous artwork, Sir. My good friend and fellow DA member Gulliver63 sent me a note telling me about you. He said you also gave him a critique of his artwork. If it's not too much trouble, could you take a peek at my gallery and give me your opinion? Since you were a professional at Disney, an amateur like me would greatly appreciate your feedback. Thank you kindly.