I grew up in Worthing, a seaside town in England famed for bringing forth the creators of Tank Girl, being the childhood playground of Billy Idol, housing Oscar Wilde while he wrote the Importance of Being Earnest... and maybe you've heard of Leo Sayer? Maybe not. At any rate, if you've ever been to Worthing you'll never forget laying out on your towel on the knobbly pebble beaches. They leave quite an impression.
At the age of 19, I emigrated to the United States and ended up studying at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where I got my Bachelor of Fine Arts. (Much later, I attended grad school for psychology for a bit, but that's another story!) Upon graduation, I soon went from scruffy scenic painter to slightly-better-dressed graphic designer, then moved to the West Coast. I've been going down the design path ever since, without letting go of my love of drawing, painting – and now making graphic novels.
Over the last decade, I've lived through the rise and fall of San Francisco a couple of times. I've worked at dot.coms, agencies and banks, had some art shows, painted murals, made some quirky animation... and during the crash of 2001, I worked in an art store.
It seems there's enough creativity in the air here to ensure a San Franciscan is never down for long, and by 2014 I was publishing graphic novels/comic books.
Anyway, it looks like I might remain here for a while longer, at least. The seagulls remind me home.