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A bit of history...

I was born in Edmonton, 1953...which makes me kind of ancient now that I think of it...anyway...I started drawing early in life, and by the time I reached grade one I was already enrolled in weekend art classes. In public school I took every art and drafting course that was offered.

I graduated in 1971, and after spending a summer with a pack on my back travelling through the states, I launched into a series of horribly unrewarding jobs which included: pipeline labourer, working at a plastics plant operating steam presses and a boiler, a cement factory, installing window blinds, and putting siding on houses, before mercifully being sent to Nait as an apprentice carpenter by an Oil Services and Construction company. In 1978 I left the real world behind and became a full time musician and cartoonist. As a freelancer, I picked up cartoon jobs doing advertising, posters, T-shirts, murals, menus, signs, and anything else people were willing to pay a few bucks for, but mainly payed the bills playing music.

By 1993 it was getting harder to make a living from music...a lot of rooms that had always run live entertainment, now featured the dreaded Karaoke machine.The rooms and events that used to dance to live bands now partied to canned music served up by a starstruck DJ. I knew I would eventually have to make a change...but all I knew was music and art. I found myself nearing a mid life crisis. Something in my head shifted gears, and I headed for San Diego to attend a weekend graphic storytelling workshop taught by the great comic book artist, Joe Kubert. There I learned the commitment it took to reach a professional level...and...I was encouraged the instructors thought I had the stuff to do it. Back home, I worked continuously at the drawing board, took writing and animation courses, and in 1995 published The Last Forest, a full color comic book which was distributed throughout North America.

I then created a character called Bitchy Bear which was published in the adult magazine ERRATA, and another called Wiggly, which made publication in a few rural newspapers.

In 1996, while illustrating the packaging art for a game distributor, I was exposed to computers. Since then I've worked with this fabulous/frustrating/vision blurring/expensive new tool to create illustrations and animation for the web, CD applications, and print, as well as building the occasional web site.

I see the new world of multimedia as the place I was supposed to arrive at. With my music and art background I have a strong creative foundation to build on. My cartoons, animation, and graphics are published in several sites on the World Wide Web. My work has displayed and sold in art shows and galleries in the Edmonton, Alberta area. I also teach classes in cartooning, and accept commission work. I can still be found most weekends playing and singing with my band in some smoky little bar somewhere.

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