I am an American artist born in Little Rock, Arkansas. I have been drawing for as long as I can remember, although my career as a professional artist officially began in September of 2010, when I began selling my work.
As a child I was always interested in monsters and magic, and spent much of my time at the local branch of the public library reading books about vampires and werewolves and other creatures of folklore. It was at the library that I discovered an illustrated volume of tales and poems by Edgar Allan Poe. This, and my exposure at the age of four to a British film production of Dracula starring Jack Palance (when Dracula was impaled at the end of the picture I wept, not out of revulsion but out of genuine sympathy for the character), are among my earliest experiences that solidified my affinity for the macabre. I also devoured a lot of Marvel and DC horror titles and monster magazines, and was introduced to the work of people like Gene Colan and Bernie Wrightson. At the age of eight or nine I found a book club omnibus edition that belonged to my father which contained both Stoker’s Dracula and Shelley’s Frankenstein. I read the majority of Stoker’s tale, but was most fascinated by the volume’s cover - a beautiful Frazetta painting depicting Dracula holding a nubile young woman and Frankenstein’s immortal creature lumbering around on the back of the book. I was mesmerized.
It wasn’t until I reached adolescence that I happened upon a copy of Omni Magazine on the grocery store newsstand. It was here that I first saw the work of H.R. Giger, and I would never be the same. The fact that someone had essentially captured the essence of nightmare - the mutually chilling sense of revulsion and attraction that one feels after awaking from a disturbing dream - fascinated me beyond words. Giger showed me that it was possible to access this realm, splashed as it was across the glossy pages. It is perhaps not surprising that it was also around this time that I began reading H.P. Lovecraft. The works of both of these artists have influenced and inspired me in ways I will never be able to fully convey in words.
I studied art at the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University (alma mater of genre filmmaker John Carpenter), although I am largely self-taught. I have worked in a variety of media: pen and ink, oils, acrylics, clay, and mixed media. But it was with my discovery of charcoal that I found my true calling; something just clicked. I now work primarily in charcoal on paper. I prefer General’s brand charcoal and Strathmore papers. I often begin with a very definitive plan, and sometimes I stick to it, but more often than not the picture takes on a life of its own. I’ve had to learn to submit to the will of the piece; it leads the way. Once the basic ideas have been established, I “freeze” the images on the paper using a workable fixative. I’m left-handed, so my hand has a tendency to drag along the paper while I work, and the fixative prevents the image from unwanted distortions while allowing me the flexibility to make changes and corrections. I work in layers of charcoal and fixative until the project is complete.
I sold my first piece, the Lovecraftian Night of the Old Ones in September 2010. In November of that same year, I sold my first prints at ScareFest, one of the largest horror/paranormal conventions in the United States.
I currently reside in Lexington, Kentucky with my fiancée, Sheryl, and our two cats.