Illustration provides an outlet for me to make art without attaching weighty concepts, political messages, or heady hidden meanings. There is a lot of crossover between painting, drawing, and illustration. And some of the greatest artists did all of those things, with the lines between them often blurred. Often I paint themes with animals or nature when making illustrations. I feel my illustrations are successful when people close to the work are moved by it, no matter the subject. I also count murals as large -scale illustrations, which is why you will see some of mine in the gallery under the same category. Each illustration or mural is an experiment and a chance for me to hone my skills.