I was born and raised in the Detroit area. I began my political cartooning career in college for the Eastern Echo at Eastern Michigan University where I was a finalist for the Charles M Schulz cartoonist award in 1993. My first professional gig was at the Macomb Daily and then the Grosse Pointe News. My biggest influence was Draper Hill who was the Detroit News cartoonist from the 1970′s thru the 90′s. I am published in the Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year, by Charles Brooks. My cartoons are collected by the likes of Senator Carl Levin and in the Cartoon Library of Ohio State University. Aside from cartooning I am also an independent animator, and my work has been seen on MTV, PBS, IFC, Tech TV and festivals all over.
I am by nature a visual storyteller, whether it is a single panel sketch or animation, my work strives to share a common human trait–telling a story.
Editorially, I believe it is critical to explore the full spectrum of thoughts and beliefs before embarking on a specific point of view or opinion. Conviction is important but it should be upon a foundation of empathy and investigation of different opinions. I spend considerable time in two distinct geographical and geopolitical regions of the great liberal north of Ontario, Canada and in the deep red state of South Carolina. It is between these two distinct regions that I have honed my observational skills and personal contact of diverse thinking and conversation.
My work has been rooted in the traditional medium of ink and paper but it has evolved into the digital realm with a digital pen and tablet. I have found new visual techniques to help push my concepts with new styles and mediums that have expanded my visual vocabulary to a higher level.
Along with my cartoons images, I am also a filmmaker and animation has driven me into a new realm of expression. I am attracted to animation as the word’s origin means “to give life”. I take pleasure in using traditional medium like a pencil or brush and combining them with the latest technology to develop imagery that is vibrant with movement and sound. Satire and irony are the genres I find most effective with my animation and with the added dimension of timing and audio it creates new avenues and opportunities to connect with my audience.
By observing life from my travels, readings and interaction in various mediums and outlets, I discover these ironic twists and turns that offer us lessons and unique story opportunities. I believe the role of the cartoonist of telling stories whether they come from within or giving a voice to others, will not change but only the mediums, and this is what makes this practice such a powerful and dynamic one.