My Influences??

When ever I’m on the recieving side of a Q&A the question of my childhood influences always seems to come up. So I figure its worthy of a post on my site.

The reality is I’ve had a lot of influences in my life. To single one out as the biggest influence to me would be wrongful because everything I have experienced can be credited to making me the artist I am today. So how I’ve decided to approach this question from now on, is to talk about my first major influence who was my father.

My father used to oil paint and his work was found hanging in every family member’s house I can remember. He stopped painting before I was born and, to this day, I’m still after him to get a paint brush in his hand. He was the first person to teach me the concept of perspective in my drawings at the early age of 8 years old. I can still remember being at our dining room table while he drew a sketch of a barn and explained vanishing points to me. The sketch was crude, but in the eyes of an 8 year old it was a masterpiece. Here is my representation of what that sketch looked like:

Some other major influences should be recognizable below. Click on the pictures to learn more about them.

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2 comments

  1. You probably don’t remember me. A few years ago (around the time Ice Age 2 came out) you came to your Sister place of work. She was at Gibbs College. It was the most influential night of my life. You even spent a few minutes talking to me one on one. I still have the Acorn you signed on my desk in the Studio I built in my house. I’m currently working on my own projects. It’s hard for me to go to school out of Connecticut since I’m divorced and have two kids. But it happens. I just wanted to tell you that that night meant a lot to me, and Thank you. Tell your sister I said Thanks for everything.

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