I was born in 1974, the youngest of 5, and grew up in Chevy Chase, MD by Washington D.C.
I come from a family with many artists and painters down the line so my cartooning and sketching was encouraged. At age 13 I began studying figure and landscape painting from instructor Walt Bartman. I kept up my studio studies at Glen Echo Park with Bartman throughout my high school years and was also selected to join Montgomery County Arts Center for my senior year. This intensive half day program prepared me for art school and cemented my love of painting.
I earned a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis majoring in Illustration. Upon graduating, I moved to New York City and began my freelance life. Since 1997, I’ve been wearing multiple creative hats: Editorial Illustrator / Poster Designer / Photo Retoucher / Production Artist / Musician.
As a painter in NYC, I worked on many commissions and exhibited around my Park Slope, Brooklyn neighborhood. I’m influenced by the work of Wayne Thiebaud, Edward Hopper, Edgar Degas, and classic illustrators like Al Parker and Robert Fawcett.
One project I’m especially proud of is my book Party Like a President, True Tales of Inebriation, Lechery, and Mischief From the Oval Office (Abrams, Workman, 2015 ). This humor/history book boast over 100 pen and ink illustrations along with 44 hilarious and informative chapters.
I now Long Branch, NJ in a 1907 little white house by the Jersey Shore. In addition to my commercial and fine art work I also collaborate with my wife - Miss Ellie and help run the family business - The Mermaid Haberdashery in Ocean Grove where we sell her jewelry line and my paintings.