The heart

As an avid enthusiast in art and technical sciences, my career began sometime way back in the early-mid 1990's, when I was learning to do architectural and mechanical engineering illustrations from a very accomplished German mechanical illustrator. AutoCAD and computers in general were yet to be in full swing, and I found myself learning the traditional methods of drafting with a mechanical pencil, carbon paper and a T-square on a drafting table. When not doing technical drafting, I was at home airbrushing everything (I mean... literally - the walls, canvasses, particle boards, art tables, shoes, hats, t-shirts, skateboards, people, ect.), easily going through 2-3 industrial sized CO2 tanks a month. Luckily, there was a local company that supplied these tanks for vending machines and we worked out a plan for them to deliver the compressed air tanks to my home every other week. 

Some years later, while attending college, I was introduced to the works of Albinus on Anatomy. At the time, I was more interested in pen-and-ink line work, and I wanted to hone my skills in that medium. While attending a summer illustration course, I was instructed to take some Albinus work, and while everyone else in class was doing figure drawing, I was quietly secluded away in the corner with a quill, water and ink. This was my first real taste of anatomical illustration. I enjoyed the work tremendously, and began to shift focus from technical and mechanical illustration to a more loose and dynamic style - one that suited rendering soft-body forms instead of rigid, mechanical structures.

After getting by Bachelor of Art degree, where I focused on Art and Multimedia, I decided to pursue a Master of Science in Biomedical Visualization degree. In order to accomplish this, I went back to school to double-down and complete another 2+ years studying anatomy, biology, microbiology, and genetics, while squeezing in as many independent study painting courses as I could in order to get accepted into the highly sought after program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

After completing my degree, I jumped into the field head-on. I freelanced for a short while, and completed my first fully illustrated medical book, including  many other spot illustrations for various clientele and publishers. Soon after, I took a position in the medical-legal realm, where I put my schooling to the test. I created medical-legal exhibits used in trials to depict surgeries, pre-operative and post-operative conditions, interpret and colorize radiology imaging - all these were just a few of the areas I worked in (and still do to this day).

I am proud to be able to serve so many various clients around the world. Attorneys, paralegals, publishers, doctors, surgeons, medical device and manufacturing companies, researchers and investors. These are just a few of types of clients I work with on a regular basis. I am extremely happy to have had the opportunity to be in such a diversified field, where one day I may be illustrating or animating a surgery at the gross anatomical level, and the next, I may be doing a molecular landscape.

I look forward to meeting new people and creating long lasting working relationships. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to learn more.