Optimist with some practicality thrown in. There is a bit of teacher in me. I enjoy explaining how things work in a clear, approachable manner.
I am a Freelance illustrator, and have done work as diverse as illustrating postage stamps, car engine cutaways, medical devices, scientific processes and the San Francisco skyline for a commemorative chocolate bar.
I am fascinated with antique technology. I spend much of my free time tinkering in my shop, reanimating the voices long-silent machines as well as creating new devices. I enjoy digging for raw project material at swap meets & estate sales. Though I'm comfortable with solitude when working, I also enjoy good company, engaging conversation and the local alternative culture(s).
I was born and raised in the SF 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 from a young age; they both were in creative industry professions. I learned illustration from my dad. The beauty of old things from my mom. My grandmother was a dreamer, which I seem to have inherited. My grandfather was an engineer at Lawrence Berkkeley Labs. His influence led me into tinkering with old electronics.
Movies- Dr. Strangelove, Harold & Maude, Le Mans, Bullitt, High Fidelity, Edward Scissorhands, Bladerunner, Fight Club, The Big Lebowski, Midnight in Paris, just to name a few.
Music- diverse. KFJC is my fave station. Eclectic. Murcof, Waits, Kraftwerk, Monk, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Earth Wind & Fire, Count Basie. Changing constantly. Presently rotating a lot of dark ambient & industrial. Radio Dismuke. I collect LP's, those little vinyl nuggets 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