One of my earliest drawing inspirations was my Grandmother Augusta. Anytime she talked on the phone she would doodle some of the most lovely and intricate patterns. I was always amazed, sadly when she knew I was watching she would make them more childlike which I found far less exciting.
My earliest art piece that I still have is my childhood teddybear. It always bugged me that deep inside of his ears was not the same color as his body fur. So I mixed up a perfect color match to his fur and painted the center of his ears in. To this day I still have that bear and his ears are still a perfect color match.
I try to find inspiration in the small details. A rusty doorknob, an old sign peaking through a paper billboard or mural painted in an alley whose most frequent admirers are the sanction workers.
Besides creating, world travel is my next passion. When traveling I can not resist going into old churches, making friends with locals over a pint, and eating in places that my new friends suggest. However one of my most favorite places on the planet is just a few miles away from my home town, the rock flats by the rapids just downstream of Niagara Falls on the US side.