I was born in Swansea, Wales. When I was three, my parents moved to Ithaca NY where my father became a professor in the math department at Cornell University. I was a wild, rebellious child from the beginning. My formal education ended with high school, but my parents were always supportive and encouraged me to paint and draw, starting at the age of two. When I was 16, I received my first commission—to paint an erotic mural with a friend on a bathroom wall in Keene, NH. Sporadic art jobs and commissions followed, including other murals. Then, from Boston to San Francisco and places in between, I worked many jobs—waiting tables, repairing antiques, milking cows, and painting houses. Since 1989, when I painted the carousel horses on a merry-go-round at Stewart Park in Ithaca, I have been working exclusively as a painter and illustrator. My work includes illustrations for children's books, the artwork for six award-winning card games published by Gamewright during the1990s, greeting cards for Bottman Design, teaching painting for adult education and children's after school-programs, private commissions, and many group and solo art shows.
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