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 old 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.
Pens and pencils
Human interaction and intimacy