One of the questions I often get asked is when I started drawing. I believe like most children, I started at an early age. Being very shy, creating art was a way I could interreact with others and make friends.
I was fortunate to be surrounded by a family of artisans. Fine artists, illustrators, craftsmen, chefs. My grandmother was one of the few people left who know how to cane chairs! There was never a lack of inspiration or supplies to keep the creativity flowing.
Upon entering high school I discovered colored pencils. I had a spectacular art teacher who was not only a high school teacher but was working illustrator. He taught us about the art business, which is very rate in school. He was a master with colored pencils and I tried to emulate him. I am truly grateful for the mentoring I received from him.
After high school I began creating custom portraits to earn extra income but didn’t find my true passion until I started adding cats to my drawings. With each emerging character I was hooked.
I am now fortunate to have a lot of friends and customers who provide inspiration for my cat works with their own furry families. Cat people are always eager to share a photo or two of their fur babies. I also have two cats of my own who are always available to give a quite pose.
My artwork has been collected all over the world and has been licensed on many different products as well as produced as fine art and products in my own studio.