Born in 1955 I grew-up during a time and in a family where “being an artist” was neither encouraged nor supported no matter how gifted one might be. The mantra I heard from my Father was, “Get a Real Job”. So I did – I worked in manufacturing for 44 years which ended March 15th, 2017. I simply woke-up that morning and knew I would never go to work again. I emailed my resignation and never looked back.
In 1989 I designed and published the world’s first LGBT computer game – “Caper in the Castro” it was made on a Mac Plus computer using HyperCard software. It was released as “Charityware” and people who downloaded the game were asked to donate to an AIDES charity of their choice. https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2014/06/caper-in-the-castro-interview.html
A late-bloomer, I graduated UCSC (University of California at Santa Cruz) in 2002 with a degree in Interactive Media Design. In 2004 I received my degree in Filmmaking from the New York Alternative Film School. I went on to teach 2 adult courses for the University – Digital Special Effects and Digital Film Editing. I formed my first digital film business – Digital Backlot – which was replaced years later by The Undisclosed Studio. I worked in animation and special effects film making until they began to lose my interest and I longed to get back to being a visual artist.
Currently my passion for creation centers around my pen and ink illustrations, 19th Century graphic design and filmmaking. I also work creatively in virtual environments.
In September of 2017 I founded the “Secret Society of Pen and Ink Illustrators”. Based on an imaginary history of an Ancient Order of Artists and Illustrators whose secret knowledge has been passed down for over 30 millennia. I have future plans to release a serialized novella about this one day.
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