I began illustrating books and magazines back in the late 80’s. I kind of fell into my first projects. I was selling paintings at the Pike Place Market in Seattle and a best selling author came by, bought two large paintings and then asked I would be interested in illustrating his next book. I then went on to illustrated 6 of his national best selling Frugal Gourmet cookbooks. Since then I have illustrated kid’s books. magazines, book covers. Hundreds of things.
Illustration is great training ground. Projects are dumped in your lap presenting you with things you need to draw and paint that you would never have attempted. It gets you out of that fragile comfort zone that can tie you up in an easy little bowed box. But you illustrate books and magazines for a while and you find after a bit you can paint anything you want. It stretches you.
These are some illustrations from way back in the 80’s and 90’s. When I get a moment I’ll dig up some more recent illustration work. Book covers for classics, the occasional children’s book.