I have always
been interested in art and got a degree in Art Education at Eastern
Kentucky University. I have worked as an Illustrator for the U.S.
Army since 1976. Since that time I have pursued other Freelance
jobs. I have been involved in ceramic sculpture, Limited Edition
Prints, and various Illustration work.
I have illustrated
for Books, Magazines, Calendars, Record Labels, as well as doing
work for Fine Art prints. It was through the circulation of the
Prints that I was introduced to Scrimshaw. A Custom Knife Maker
named Gene Baskett liked my paintings and contacted me with the
idea of Scrimshaw work on his knives. That was in 1987 and I have
been primarily involved in this medium since that time. It seems
I found my niche in the art world in Scrimshaw and gained a very
good friend in Gene. While doing the freelance illustration work,
I wanted to separate it from my Fine Art painting and did so by
signing my Illustration work with 'Garbo' (a nickname I picked
up in college) rather than my signature. When I started scratching
ivory I used that same pen name as my signature.
One of the
finest artists and finest people in Scrimshaw is Rick Fields.
Rick has encouraged me and given valuable advice throughout my
endeavors. He is truly unique in the field of Scrimshaw and is
just a great guy.
of the work I have done has been for either Custom Knife Makers
or Collectors of Custom Knives, I have always done display pieces
and offered them for sale. These pieces allow for generally larger
work which I enjoy, although I have also done numerous Miniature
In all that
I do, I strive to do the best I can for my customers. But more,
I endeavor to do all I do for the Glory of the Lord. Colossians
3:23 says "Whatever you do, do it as unto the Lord". I try to
live by that. I hope that my "RE-creations" will in some small
way give recognition of the One true Creator and to His Truth
has gone to be with the Lord since I first posted this website.
He will be greatly missed by many friends and admirers.