I am fortunate to have had a 20-year career making both commercial and fine art. By day, I am a graphic designer and illustrator, serving clients in the music and entertainment industries. The business I founded, XIII Design, LLC, is now in its 15th year. I work both digitally and traditionally.
When not working for clients, I create drawings and paintings that reflect my truest artistic loves, combining elements of the surreal, the macabre, and the absurd. I usually work in pen & ink and oils. My influences include Hieronymous Bosch, Albrecht Dürer, Monty Python and Marcel Duchamp. The underlying aim of my art is generally humor, but I also hope to convey wonder via a sort of friendly mysteriousness.
I have also created two merchandise lines featuring my work, a dinosaur-themed line called Skelezoic, launched in 2012 and a line of weird and kooky shirts called XIII•PDX (formerly XIII•SF), launched in 2007. Stickers of many of the images in the Street Art section are available here.
I am a resident of Portland and am deeply grateful and happy to live in such an artistically diverse and vibrant city. I have been particularly inspired by the street and sticker art here, and I would love to create a mural, particularly something in the style of the pen and ink drawings I've been making lately. In the meantime, I leave my stickers as calling cards and thank you's for hard-working restaurant servers, bartenders and other new friends in the Portland area. I feel that street and public art are more important than ever in our society, as they address an audience that might not otherwise see or contemplate visual art at all.
I live with the love of my life, Allison, and my friendly black kitten, Leopold. Aside from art, my interests include ancient history, travel, cooking and The Sisters of Mercy.
MFA, Printmaking, Academy of Art College, 1994
BFA, Massachusetts College of Art, Painting, 1990
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