READING: I read and collect books. I grew up reading comic books and the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan, John Carter of Mars, Pellucidar, etc). I easily moved on to Robert E. Howard (Conan). Finally I branched out to other works and authors such as Stephan R. Donaldson, Frank Herbert, J.R.R. Tolkein, David Eddings, Terry Brooks, Robert Jordan, Fritz Leiber, Orson Scott Card, J.K. Rowling, Piers Anthony...the list could go on.
WRITING: I have always been a writer and artist (with mixed results). I am a published writer "The Tarzan Novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs: An Illustrated Readers Guide", and several short stories published in a newsletter called "Vigor" by Orson Scott Card and his wife. I once even had a small art studio set up in the basement of Orson Scott Card. I am in the middle of writng a fantasy series and a few other books. I have also written several screenplays that have done well in contests, but no big sales yet. Some day...
ART: A doodler my whole life I have created my own style that was strongly influenced by Frank Frazetta, Boris Vallejo, John Buscema, John Byrne, Neal Adams, Mark Shultz, Joe Kubert, and such masters of book covers and comic books. Unfortunately I am not as good as any of them, but I do my best. I prefer pencil, and am always learning and experimenting with pen/brush and ink. I have all but hung up my paint brushes in both watercolor and oils. I am tempted to get them out again though. I have also done graphic design work. Lately my work has been well received in the RPG world of Tunnels and Trolls.
FILM and VIDEO: I love the film industry. It is where all the visual and artistic talents come together: photography, writing, art, acting, dance, costuming, props, audio, computer, animation...I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University with an emphasis in screenwriting and my supportive area was animation. I have freelanced for several small films including an HBO special. I worked for two local TV NEWS stations (Utah and Indiana) as a videographer and editor. I wrote, edited, shot, starred in and produced a parody of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings aptly titled "Parody of the RIngs". It is 90 minutes long and took about as long to make as his entire trilogy!
CURRENTLY: I help the local high school students with their broadcast classes, still write and illustrate, and work full time as a wood worker, custom designing and building funiture (tables, chairs, dressers, etc). Wood working is another art form in my oppinion. With my own wood shop at home I keep all the kids in the neighborhood thrilled with my wooden swords and other wepons and props.
Reading, writing, video making, drawing, watching movies, my children, playing Tunnes & Trolls, Boy Scouts of America
Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings (both Peter Jackson's and the animated ones from the 70's), Forbidden Kingdom (great fantasy movie!), Star Trek (movies and series), Legend, Wizards, Aliens, I Am Legend, I Robot, Fire and Ice, Hellboy, Pirates of the Carribean, Spiderman, Fantastic Four, X-Men (including the early animated series), Avengers, Captain America, Avatar, World War Z, The Muppets, Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, King Kong (original and Peter Jackson's), Terminator I & II.
All the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Dune, Xanth, Orson Scott Card, Robert E. Howard, Harry Potter, Raymond E. Feist, David Eddings, Terry Brooks, Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan), Stephan R. Donaldson, Brandon Mull.
RUSH, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath (Dio an Ozzy), Journey, Styx, Queen, Lynard Skynard, Shania Twain, High School Musical, Movie soundtracks, classical, Pearl Jam, The Offspring, Weird Al.