1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I live in the Greater Chicago area most of the time, Southern Arizona art of the time and overseas when I am lucky enough. This gives me a great chance to find items all over the globe while I trek from one place to the next. I am a huge collector. I have a pretty wide variety of collections to include comic art, vintage glass, video game systems, Egyptian antiquities, books, the list goes on. I have been a collector since birth according to my family. I love the thrill of the hunt the most. I believe my most comprehensive and favorite collection to date, despite my vast collecting interests, happens to be my Catwoman Collection. My other pride and joy is my custom Camaro, which is incidentally the best thing ever out on a deserted Arizona road in the middle of nowhere. I like to have fun and see no point dying at 75 with all my hard earned savings in the bank, I want to see my money lining my walls, filling my display cabinets or moving me along the ground so fast I feel young again.
2. What is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
My Catwoman Annual #4 Cover painting by Doug Beekman. It was my first piece of "official" art. I had seen it at the ChicagoWizardCon for a several years, then I had to move to AZ for a few years, when I moved back and was going to the Con again, I made a pact that if it was there I would buy it. I figured the chance was very slim that it would be there after so many years, yet low and behold there it was. So after an hour of debating (it was a very expensive piece for me at the time) I bought it and never looked back. I am so glad I did. I really wish I had better pictures to share of it. My photos do not do Doug justice, he is extremely talented with further proof you can see in the Pencil Prelims for the piece which are posted as well. I was so happy to get the prelims to go with it. I acquired them from fellow CAFer Malcolm Bourne, to whom I am still thankful. By the way, I would just like to give a BIG thank you to all of you who have helped or do help me on my Catwoman collection. I'd also like to extend a warm welcome to all those I have yet to deal with.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I have been collecting original comic art for about 8 years or so now. It started with the Catwoman painting because I wanted something unique that no one else had, not to mention the art was amazing. I am an avid Catwoman collector and have almost every collectible imaginable. So when I ran out of Catwoman collectibles to buy I turned to the art. It wasn't something I knew a lot about and was lucky enough to meet Buzz Setzer straight from the get go who helped kick start my Catty collection with a bang. Over the years it became increasingly difficult to find new Catwoman pieces so I started venturing out to other characters, artists and titles I've loved. Life in the art lane became slow and stagnant for awhile, and then Jim Cardillo showed me the wonders of CAF. BAM my collection sprang back to life! I still dig around relentlessly for any Catwoman pages I can find. There are still a lot of artists published works that I need to fill in my Catty collection. That's why I love CAF it makes life a little easier when we all get together in one place and communicate. I could not have the collection I have today without CAF and CAFers. I'm smitten with comic art and it will always be a part of my life.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Some are framed, some are in a custom table top presentation portfolio and the others are in standard portfolios. I want to have more framed but every time I think I have a little extra cash to get them done a new piece pops up that I have to have.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
This is such a small list to make it's hard to pick what to put. If any Catwoman covers ever made it on the market they would be on the list but since they haven't.....
1. Boris Vallejo commissioned Egyptian Scene with a pseudo-Sehkmet goddess.
2. Joe Kubert Our Fighting Forces #121 Cover.
3. Al Rio Purgatori 1/2 Chromium Cover.
4. Brom commission of Conan & Elric back to back versus hordes of chaos demons to include some Elenoin.
5. Vince Locke commission watercolor painting - I hope to have this one worked out with him and done for my birthday this year.
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