Optimist with some practicality thrown in. Creator/builder/drawer/tinkerer. I enjoy talking about how old things work. I have more projects in my head than there is a lifetime.
I am a freelance illustrator, and have done work as diverse as illustrating postage stamps, car engine cutaways, medical devices, scientific processes to the San Francisco skyline for a commemorative chocolate bar.
I am fascinated with antique technology. I spend much time tinkering in my shop, reanimating the voices long-silent machines as well as creating new devices. I dig for raw project material at swap meets, surplus stores & estate sales.
Born and raised in the Bay Area by British parents. I inherited some of their customs. I lived and worked in the UK during my college years. I have always felt some fond familiarity with the UK, but the Bay Area is my home.
My parents encouraged my artistic skills and love for old things from a young age. My grandmother was a dreamer, which I seem to have inherited. My grandfather was an engineer at Lawrence Berkeley Labs. His influence led me into tinkering with electronics.
Travel? Sure. I've hiked a number of the east bay trails, but far from all. I like to explore decrepit buildings and towns untouched by development. Camping in forests. Fan of natural hot springs. Recovering burner. I'm comfortable with solitude but also enjoy good company & engaging conversation.
Movies- Dr. Strangelove, Harold & Maude, Le Mans, Bullitt, High Fidelity, Edward Scissorhands, Bladerunner, Fight Club, just to name a few. Gravitate towards science fiction.
Music- diverse. KFJC is my fave station. Eclectic. Murcof, Waits, Kraftwerk, Monk, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Count Basie. Changing constantly. Presently rotating a lot of dark ambient & industrial. Access to Arasaka. Architect. Cocteau Twins. D.A.F., Gary Numan. Hecq. KMFDM. Medeski, Martin & Wood. Radio Dismuke. I collect LP's, those vinyl platters of musical history.
Food- Mole Rojo. My kale/carrot/blueberry smoothies. Grilled food. Indian (Navratan Korma in particular), Thai, Sushi, etc. Honey mangos. Cadbury's or local dark chocolate. Blend 101. Good Earl Grey tea.
Human interaction and intimacy