I was born in Nashville, Tennessee, then lived in Arlington, Virginia, New York, New York, and returned to Nashville to start school.
When I was 15 years old, I moved to San Francisco to find an education with more art training and went to high school at Symbas Experimental High School in the warehouse commune, Project One. When I graduated, I went to the San Francisco Art Institute for four years and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1979.
I returned to Nashville and worked for 2 years as exhibitions preparator for The Nashville Artists Guild Galleries. I met my Wife, Melody, and we were married in 1981. I worked for about a year at a restaurant as a busboy and waiter, then worked for almost 4 years for Metro Parks at Fort Nashborough, a replica of the first settlement of Nashville. While there, I learned to demonstrate numerous skills of the 1780s, the time period of the settlement.
In 1985 I became a freelance illustrator and since then have produced work ranging in subject matter from fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery for publishers of fiction, to cellular and molecular biology for college text books.
I have illustrated the writing of such authors as Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, Joe R. Lansdale, Stephen King, George Orwell, Manly Wade Wellman, Greg Bear, Spider and Jeanne Robinson, and Lewis Shiner, as well as my own.
A major influence for my artwork comes from the Surrealists, particularly Max Ernst. I am fascinated with the use of what I call "controlled accidents" and the possibility of "finding" images within the paint. I love to collaboration with other artists and writers.
My awards in the illustration field include the World Fantasy Award, four Chesley Awards, the Deathrealm Award and the first International Horror Guild Critic's Award for Best Artist.
There are three anthologies, THE IMAGINATION FULLY DILATED series, of stories based on my artwork by such authors as Jack Ketchum, Richard Laymon, Charle
Freelance Illustrator Eugene, OR