Who am I?

An artist’s biography

I made my first drawing when I was three years old. I used a piece of cardboard or maybe the back of a folder that I found in my mom’s desk. I drew my favorite thing in the world – a dog. I tried to make the dog look realistic and appear to be walking. I am sure that it looked nothing like a proportional three-dimensional animal in motion, but it got my parents’ attention. Since then they showered me with art supplies and encouraged my doodles. I was a sickly child and spent a lot of time home in bed, so I had plenty of opportunity to draw. I drew everything, every available moment of every day.

Fast forward three decades. I still draw on daily basis, but along the way I acquired a few extra tools and few extra skills. Of course, as any creative spirit, I am always learning and always improving. Being an artist is not a goal, it is a never ending journey. In my teens I began oil painting, inspired by the Renaissance legends in my art books. In my early twenties I became an exclusive tattoo artist, designing and inking customized tattoos for select clients. By mid thirties I discovered the magic of illustration and adult coloring books and began releasing my own published works. Simultaneously I’ve learned the craft of toy making, art restoration,┬átaxidermy, and digital painting.

As a coloring book illustrator I like to keep my followers engaged and entertained with personal information about myself, as well as my art. Having others interview me is a great way for my fans to get to know me because I often have to address topics that I would never think to touch on myself. Here are a couple of fun interviews that I’ve done specifically as a coloring book illustrator.

Interview with Claire for the Clolour With Claire blog.

Interview with Leanne for the Coloring Queen blog.

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