Born the only son of a poor Kansas dirt farmer I grew up with the dirt as my only toys and if we wanted something different we added a little water. Living in the typical small Kansas town was enough to make me realize that there was something else out there but I wasn’t sure just what. After venturing to the … Read More
Born the only son of a poor Kansas dirt farmer I grew up with the dirt as my only toys and if we wanted something different we added a little water. Living in the typical small Kansas town was enough to make me realize that there was something else out there but I wasn’t sure just what. After venturing to the big city and seeing the nightlife and watching them boogie I was sold on the high life (Miller) of the big city (Wichita).
While attending high school I decided that I wanted to be a cartoonist and started my formal art education while also dabbling in the graphic arts taking printing and typesetting. Once my high school days were over I seriously considered my options, starve and be a cartoonist, or go to work, earn enough money for college and become a graphic designer, I love to eat so I opted for the later.
While attending Wichita State University one of my instructors was the late Bill Manely (Former creative director at Associated Advertising). Bill was teaching as adjunct and while taking commercial design from him I learned the fine art of collage illustration. My favorite one was for an agriculture ad and the title was “How long can you farm and ranch by guess and by golly”. Most of my illustration and designs were returned to me with a small inscription from the instructor that said “great technique, good drawing skills, however I question the content”.
So with college behind me I headed out into the cold cruel world to my first job at a printing company as paste-up artist / linotype operator / bindery helper. From there to Asst. Prod Manger at a very large printing company and then 13 years as color pre press manager / art director at another large national Book printer. During this time I free lanced Graphic Design for friends and local companies and did Editorial Cartooning
for the local newspaper. It was during this time that I also helped the local community college start their computer graphics program, because I needed a local source for graphic designers. After that I was tired of working for someone else, you know being treated like mushrooms “Kept in the dark and fertilized with manure”, so I started my own Advertising and Graphic Design Firm. During this period I also taught at the local community college as Adjunct instructor for the computer graphics program. After 8 years of competing with every Tom, Dick and Mary plus a few companies with initials, I was offered the position of Publication Coordinator at Butler County Community College. So I get to do just as varied jobs which is sweet and I don’t have to collect the money, which is even sweeter. Plus I work with some great and crazy people
I love my wife, my grand kids, beer, coffee and hot tubs not necessarily in that order. I like to ride bikes on extreme trails and golf that’s enough for exercise. I live in the country and enjoy the peace and quite with 3 acres of land it gives me room to move. I love music and have an extensive musical library with real albums, but I got rid of all the 8 tracks, the blues are my favorite but jazz, country, rock and oldies are also found in my collection. I also have an extensive underground comix book collection including “R. Crumb” (Mr. Natural), Gilbert Shelton (The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers), S Clay Wilson (Bikers, Dykes and Pirate) and numerous others too obscene and numerous to mention. I have always loved to draw and still live by the motto “Pen & Ink the Only Way to THINK!” Read Less