I was born in southern Appalachia and moved to
southern California as a boy. Fascinated by line since
I first held a pen, I began drawing citrus harvesting
and related scapes, implements and structures.
Later, having attended art classes at Fullerton and
Santa Ana Colleges and having taken courses at the
Universities of Chicago and Tennessee, I served as a
journalist/illustrator in the U.S. Navy.
I have illustrated books, booklets, pamphlets, and
brochures-- cartoons and straight. I've taught
college-level drawing classes; one of my drawings
was selected as a logo for a national food product; I
have accepted numerous commissions.
I work with line--almost always in black and white. I
use pen and ink, brush and ink, or pencil. The theme
of my work primarily is rural/western Americana. My
style is detailed and meticulously wrought.
I have enjoyed recording the rural countryside in all
the continental states. My work has been displayed in
museums, corporate offices and galleries. I created
an 8 X 20 foot mural of rural Nebraska for a Nebraska
museum--A one year project, because I chose to work
in the medium (unique in a project of this magnitude)
of pen and ink.