First things first: I try to stay alive. I had an accident in
October 2012, and I must say nothing sharpens the mind like a brush
with death. One thing I have learned is the importance of living in
the present. Easy to say, tough to achieve.
Assuming I'm still breathing, I'm doing my work: I create
illustrations and graphic art for books, posters, magazines,
websites. Can you believe I get paid for this stuff? I'm so lucky I
can hardly believe it.
I also teach at a local art college. I love being a teacher and
mentor to young artists. Of course, they're kind of a pain in the
ass, but I find the work challenging and I'm often inspired by my
students and the amazing things they do.
I like to build community. After living in the Bay Area for years
and years, I find myself belonging to several overlapping circles
of artists & visionaries, revolutionaries & reformists,
circus performers & educators — all strange, all beautiful, all
wild in their way. It's fun to try to stitch these many circles
together into something wider. A Social Movement? Maybe, if we're
Somewhere along the line I realized I had to ditch my old ways,
drop the mildly hedonistic, unhealthy lifestyle of my youth and
focus on getting real. I made some changes, all for the better,
including exercise (running, biking, visits to the gym), meditation
& yoga (though I'm still a skeptic and an atheist), loads of
therapy and developing my introspection, honesty and compassion.
Voila! Greater energy, happiness and joy in my life. Who
I'm lucky in that I have family in the area, including two parents,
two sisters, two nieces, and one nephew. A wealth of genetic
similarities! I try to see them on the weekends.