All my life I have loved to draw and paint. Growing up as an only child in a small Ohio town and surrounded by the dry mid-western landscape, I often retreated into a world of my own where I was free to be a child. I created, imagined, played and dreamed. I am very thankful for my upbringing as it allowed me to create a universe full of loving, free-spirited beings I call Birdles®.
When I was 17, my father dies unexpectedly and I would often think of how a life can be taken away so suddenly – when the things you wanted to do, or aspire to be, can just end. For me, the realization was knowing that my days should be filled with doing what I truly love. This translated into my own artistic vision, and continues today with my creation of my Birdles®.
Generally I begin by using various pencils and permanent black ink pens to sketch out my design. I then scan my illustration to continue my work on Illustrator or Photoshop. At this point, I am able to apply additional color and general touchup. The designs are then printed using archival digital ink on watercolor paper. I also pain the finished illustrations on canvas using acrylics.
Birdles® live in a world of contentment, whimsy and fun. Conflict isn’t part of the Birdles® way of life and anyone who encounters on will smile and feel less serious about the world around them. Just as in my world, Birdles® inspire peace, warm “fuzzies” and love. I have a pretty simply philosophy in life:
“Enjoy every day to its fullest and let your life inspire you.”