The Visual Journey.

Fine art commissions and commercial illustration assignments begin with detailed communication with the client. This continues with questions and more info exchange, which begins the journey to a creative solution.

After different degrees of research into the subject matter or industry, I create a selection of concepts for the client to review and discuss. The approval phase can involve just one person or in many cases, different departments or individuals within a company. Once a final concept is approved, the final execution begins. 

Below are some concepts that demonstrate the importance of a well thought-out drawing before execution. It is as important to me as the client that I have a 'visual map' to follow before I begin the finished piece. Some creative nuances are added or refined as the piece is created that enrich the image and bring the piece to life.

I execute most of my work traditionally, but am proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. These programs and tools are invaluable throughout the communication, creative development and execution processes.

  Seedfolks  Cover: A story about an urban Community Garden,  National Geographic

Seedfolks Cover: A story about an urban Community Garden, National Geographic

 Publisher's added book graphics,  National Geographic

Publisher's added book graphics, National Geographic

 Finished cover illustration,  National Geographic   [Click here to see more illustrations from this project]

Finished cover illustration, National Geographic [Click here to see more illustrations from this project]


 John Adams: In the Courtroom drawing (personal project)

John Adams: In the Courtroom drawing (personal project)


  Fox and Hounds   Magazine

Fox and Hounds Magazine

 The finished art

The finished art


 These are 4 concepts presented for a  Fox and Hounds   Magazine  story. Below is the client's final concept selection and finished art

These are 4 concepts presented for a Fox and Hounds Magazine story. Below is the client's final concept selection and finished art


 These 3 concepts were submitted after reading the article, "When God Talks Back",  Stanford Magazine.  The 3rd sketch was selected .

These 3 concepts were submitted after reading the article, "When God Talks Back", Stanford Magazine. The 3rd sketch was selected.

 The final illustration for the opening spread of the story,  Stanford Magazine

The final illustration for the opening spread of the story, Stanford Magazine


  Painted Violins : A fundraiser for the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra

Painted Violins: A fundraiser for the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra