I was born in Wabash, Indiana, a small and quaint Midwestern town surrounded by miles upon miles of corn and soybean fields. It was an ideal place to grow up with my three older brothers and younger sister during the 1960s-70s. When we weren't in school we were free to ride our bikes as far as we liked, exploring the Indiana countryside to our heart's content, as long as we were home for supper.
I began drawing and doing crafts at an early age under the guidance of my artistically gifted mother. Besides giving us lessons in art, she did all the other things a mother should do as well as being our scout den mother and working part time jobs while we were in school. Now in her 80's, she still enjoys painting. My dad, ex-WWII bomber pilot, fireman and electrician, worked multiple jobs to keep us all in new Red Ball Jets.
While still in high school I got a job at The Shirt Shed, a large local sportswear screen-printing company. I remained in that industry for seventeen years working my way up from Production Artist to Art Director, creating imprints for Disney (Beauty and the Beast, The Rocketeer, etc...), Warner Brothers (Looney Tunes), PAWS (Garfield), DC (Batman), Adidas, Nike, etc...
In 1995, I moved to Tennessee to illustrate The Beginner's Bible series of books for Performance Unlimited, and later Mission City Press. During this time I designed various products for the Beginner's Bible series including: bedding, puppets, dinnerware, toys and figurines. I also illustrated dozens of books, most notably the best-selling latest edition of the Beginner's Bible, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies.
I now work from my Middle Tennessee home where I write and illustrate original children's books and freelance illustrates for others. My clients include: Zonderkidz, Ideals Publications, David C. Cook, Lifeway, Wiley Publications, etc...
My authorial debut was, Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn, which was released in August 2010. My second book, The Cycling Wangdoos, was released in August 2011.
October, 2012 was the release date for Food for a Fish and Good News of Great Joy, the first two books in the Magnificent Tales series of Bible stories by David C. Cook. Then in February, 2013 two more titles: The Biggest and Toughest and Daniel for Lunch, were also released.
In November, 2014 a 20 story storybook– Magnificent Tales, Treasury of Bible Stories (Rhythmical Rhymes from Biblical Times) will be available.
I feel very humbled and blessed to wake up everyday to a job that I love, and be able to serve my Lord, Jesus Christ, with the talents he’s given me.