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Illustrator "...they set their hearts on producing a good likeness, and stay up late perfecting their work..." Ecclesiasticus 38:28

Background Information

I don't remember a time that I didn't draw; I began drawing "seriously" in High School and intended to become a Technical Illustrator. Lack of planning and foresight led me to a degree in Architecture, instead of an education in Art. Further distractions, such as "lack of work" led me to an eight-year career in construction; further distractions, such as "lack of work" led me to a career with the City of Portland as a Building Plans Examiner, from which I 'retired' with a medical disability in 1998. But the dream never died... I've been a free-lance commercial artist and designer for over 20 years; primarily working on commission for individuals as sort of a "professional hobby." During my college years I exhibited my artwork in a number of non-juried shows, but found little time for "serious" illustration until 1988, when a ruptured appendix and a brush with death caused me to re-evaluate my goals and priorities. I realized that my future wasn't as predictable as it appeared; and that God has given me a talent He intended to be used for the benefit of others. I then decided it was time to get "serious" about my career as an illustrator. My 'body of work' is fairly eclectic in its nature, and isn't specifically geared toward one type of illustration, however, all of my illustrations are realistically-styled. My preferred media are graphite and colored pencil; I also use ink, watercolor and acrylic and airbrush as the need arises. Over the years I have created a large number of wildlife drawings; I also have created a number of portraits. I also create Architectural and Technical illustration


First Heroes for Freedom, illustrated novel by Marcia Bjerregaard; published March 2000 by Silver Moon Press
The Declaration of Independence, illustrated easy reader by Melinda Lilly; Published 2002 by Rourke Publishing.
Oregon At Last!; illustrated easy reader by Lillian Foreman; published 2003 by Scholastic

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MJ Arts
7322 SE 112th 
Portland OR 97266   USA
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