I grew up on a healthy diet of comic books and horror films. My first big screen horror film was the Exorsist - when I was thirteen. My uncle took me. While the adults were freaked I was in awe of how they did all the cool effects. I went on to study classical animation thinking I could combine my two loves but that didn't quite go as planned. In my late teens I didn't have the discipline required to draw a movie frame by frame. Then I met a wise woman who later became my wife. She suggested I try make-up. I didn't warm up to the idea at first but when she explained I could make monsters I was in. So together we took a theatrical make-up course and the more bizarre the make-up the more natural it came and I was hooked. I found every book I could for there were few schools in the 80's that catered to film and as they say the rest is history. A twenty-eight year history working as a professional make-up artist.
I always loved reading and writing John Sanford is one of my favourite authors. I write shorts, movie scripts, an unpublished novel. The differences between them all keeps it fresh and exciting. Thirty years together and my wife suggests I write a how to make-up book as I was complaining about how new artists were unable to do basic casualty make-up. So our first book 'Hurt 'Em Reel Good' was born and from that a second 'Reel Characters'. I wanted to educate make-up artist, directors and producers on want could be accomplished with little time and money. I do not believe in "I can't" . I'm more a "How about this", or "Let's try that" kind of person. Anything can be accomplished with some imagination and hard work and I am living proof as I strive to new hieghts each and everyday.
As for that unpublished novel, it lives. At my father's prompting I finally got around to finishing it. He has terminal bone cancer and has been holding his own for the past four years. An avid reader I gave him an old draft to peruse and he kept reminding me to do something with it. So now BLOOD PROMISE an adult Vampire story has been set free. Thanks to him I am already working on a follow up.