1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm 47 and have been happily married to my wife Donna for nearly 23 years. We have two terrific kids: daughter Sarah (14) and son Jesse (16). They are swimmers and that takes up almost all of our free time these days. I've lived my whole life in and around Richmond, Virginia. I went to college at VCU (Go RAMS!) and studied computer science. I work for our family business, and we build roads and bridges for the highway department.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My favorite piece has got to be Amazing Spider-Man #148 cover, by Gil Kane and John Romita Sr. It was the comic that inspired me to start collecting in the first place, and I spent over 20 years looking for the artwork for this cover. The search for, and finally obtaining this piece will always be my greatest collecting achievement. Many people helped me along the way, and I am so grateful to have remained good friends with most of them over the years.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
Though I had been reading them for a few years prior, I started collecting comic books in 1974, and quickly progressed to collecting comic artwork. My collection grew very slowly until about 1996, when I discovered eBay.
Soon after that, I discovered the ComicArt-L list group, the old "Lowry Gallery" and I became thoroughly addicted. In the years since, I pretty much gave up collecting comic books, and have been focusing my efforts on obtaining comic art. I quickly joined Comic Art Fans when Bill started it up, and it's become one of my greatest resources for finding artwork for my collection these days.
I became a member of the CFA-apa (the Comics and Fantasy Art amateur press association) in 2005, and love the opportunity it has provided me to get deeper into the hobby. Any serious comic art collector should take a look at the CFA-apa, since it is one of the greatest assets we have in our hobby.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Thankfully, Donna has allowed me to display a dozen or so of my favorite pieces on our walls. I wish it could be more, but I'm glad for the space I have. Seeing the artwork up close every day reminds me of how much this stuff means to me, and keeps me charged and ready to find that next big piece... The vast majority of my stuff lies locked away in portfolios in a safe place, and it's a shame that I rarely get to bring it out and enjoy it. I scan every piece as I get it, and more often that not, I'm looking at a scan on the computer rather than the actual artwork. I think most collectors have to struggle with this issue as well. Thank goodness for Comic Art Fans! CAF not only keeps me in touch with other collectors and their art, but it allows me quick access to my own collection wherever I am...
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I can't narrow my list down to any specific pieces because I have already obtained my grail, but I do seem to be more active in collecting certain artists/series... I really love Paul Gulacy's artwork, and would love to obtain more of his Master of Kung Fu work, or maybe something from Sabre. I also aggressively collect John Carter (Marvel series) pages/covers by any artist. Any pages from Amazing Spider-Man #148 would be highly prized by me as well. I'm looking to buy a Frank Frazetta at some point in my lifetime, and am also waiting for the right Moebius piece to come my way. I could name dozens of things I would love to obtain. My want list is actually endless, and I am always on the look-out for anything that might excite me. These days I find my most satisfying deals have been trades, and many of those have been initiated through CAF. I love to trade! But, of course, you have to get off some cash sometimes to get what you need...
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