As a teenager, I was influenced by the illustration work of Roger Dean, Thomas Rowlandson and Arthur Rackham. Apart from an early attempt to publish some Biro drawings in Oz Magazine, the radical "psychedelic hippy" publication of the late sixties, I didn't pursue the interest in illustration, commercially, until 1984.

lost city    

In that year, one of a series of twelve black and white illustrations submitted to an art director at the Globe and Mail, Toronto, was published. The work illustrated George Orwell's book, '1984', a personal favorite. I 'got serious' and enrolled in the Design and Communication program at the Ontario College of Art(OCA: now OCAD).

big brother  

circa 1976. 'Entering the lost city'
Medium: pen and ink.

'Big Brother is Watching You'
A screen print illustrating George Orwell's '1984'

During the program at OCA, I studied under some highly acclaimed illustrators and designers. Most influential for me was Ken Dallison. His line and wash class, and a weekend working as his studio assistant, showed me how the work of illustration gets done. Jimmy Hill and his work were also a huge influence, as well as Will Davis, Gerald Sevier and Hugh MacKenzie, who's personal philosophies that coloured our classes began to ring true when I started teaching drawing.


I left OCA inspired, winner of a poster design ('The Young Company: Stratford Festival', 1986, left) and an award of excellence in illustration (Toronto Magazine award, 1987, above).

On graduation, I began to work freelance for magazines, advertising agencies and design studios. When I moved to Ottawa in 1990, the scope of work shifted dramatically to include work for the public sector and the high-technology sector, dubbed "Silicon Valley North", at that time just beginning to gather momentum.