didn’t plan to make art, I planned to be a pirate or bank robber. Fortunately, those plans fell through. My imagination, which can run on fumes, was fueled by comic books during the mid-60s until the mid-70s. I spent hours copying the work of such luminaries as Jack Kirby, John Buscema, and Jack Davis. Later, I spent hours in the Nairobi, Kenya Public Library drawing from film stills of old horror and gangster films. Unfortunately, I also became hyper self-critical and stopped. For years.
During this dry period, I went to and graduated from the International School of Kenya, returned to Alaska, entered university, dropped out of university, got married, did two enlistments in the US Navy mostly in and around Japan, returned to the US, re-entered university, took a painting class to fulfill the aesthetic experience requirement, and re-kindled my love affair with making visual art.
At this time, I primarily focus on woodcut prints. I love the smell of wood and the sculptural nature of carving a woodblock. I also love the fact that, although each image within an edition is quite similar, each image is unique since I can never apply ink to the block in exactly the same way or transfer the ink from the block to the paper in the exact same way. I use Japanese papers because they are both strong and thin.
The subject matter is most often from my personal mythology or a personal take on public mythology. While I don’t always plan to create a series, it’s obvious in retrospect that parts of my work naturally fall into series, such as the skulls, self portraits, and portraits of my wife, Gretchen.
My influences include medieval art, particularly Carolingian and Gothic, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Velazquez, Kathe Kollwitz, Munch, Degas, E.L. Kirchner, Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, comic books (the first art I saw), the Drive-By Truckers, Gillian Welch, and Neil Young.
Relief and Intaglio Printmaking and Drawing