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I feel like an all-around idiot--er artist. I do stuff. Light through glass photos, ink pen and paper craft designs, music, etc. Just like with computers, at least for the time being, I feel like I have to make art to survive, so the problem or question for me isn’t what art I should create but rather how. I try to notice the technique. For me it’s all about how the hands make the art, not what they are making or why, really. The what will appear, and the why is anyone’s guess.

I enjoy astronomy, Buddhism, technology, mathematics, humor, and most kinds of music.

At the age of eight, inspired when the Garfield comic strip came to the local newspaper, I began teaching myself to draw by tracing Garfield’s face. Later in childhood I was exposed to live music for many years while my father and uncle were in the popular Central Illinois-area rock band Starry Eye. Even though I’d been more attracted to sounds that droned and sustained like Indian sitars and church organs, the first instruments I would professionally play were the much more accessible drum set and electric guitar. Music very much influences all of my art, since I’m often under the influence of music while I work or I’m actually incorporating it into the work itself.

I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Illinois State University—with departmental honors—and went on to graduate studies in English, also at ISU, during which time I was a student of Curtis White as well as David Foster Wallace, to whom I once taught basic calculus. My writings and drawings have been published in Druid’s Cave, The Sangamon Star, and by other journals, ‘zines, and websites which I now cannot recall. I co-hosted the comedy radio program The Alleged Show with my brother, Aaron, from 2009 to 2019. An active member of The Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space from 2016 until 2020, my artwork has been part of exhibitions there and at the University of Illinois Springfield. I also contributed music, sound effects, and bit part acting to the internet show The Studio Show.


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Audio
Bandcamp
Music is available for streaming and buying at Bandcamp.
YouTube Music
Visit the YouTube music channel and subscribe.
Musical Realists
I make music sometimes with my kiddo! This Bandcamp account is for our project, which is called Musical Realists.
Words
TeaLeaves
My first book, available on Amazon, is a collection of essays much like a music concept album, in that although there are threads between pieces, each of the pieces is distinct.
MetaStupid
My 2nd book, also available on Amazon, is a brief though intense treatise which roots the intellectual pursuit of what it means to be stupid deep in layers of metaphysical analysis, over the course mixing the personal with the universal in ways that entertain and defy the conventions of both memoir and philosophy.
Essays
Essays on such topics as perception, communication, work, personal taste, and David Foster Wallace.
Fiction
Several pieces of alt/postmodern fiction from my college days at Illinois State University in the early 90s, during which time I studied under Curtis White.
EscapeFromLegoCity
At long last, I attempt a contemporary interpretation of LEGO "City" toy box covers.
Possible Books
What new books in the fields of cultural studies and critical theory might be on the horizon? Let's find out!
Repaired News
News comes and goes, but what remains is a single unpaired sock at the bottom of the hamper. Seriously, though, these are pieces written for my radio show originally declared on the air to be current news, so just keep that in mind.
Cartoons
NinjaGalactic
Oh, the things we do. Sometimes, they involve drawing a comic strip that puts ninjas in outer space, pitting teen musicians against male bighorn sheep and slimy interstellar frog creatures against our plucky hero.
CaptainNatural
On the other hand, there are subjects seldom broached in polite society but which should probably be much more, specifically perhaps the one of how funny genital integrity can be.
GarfieldAndLyman1
In the Garfield comic series, Lyman was the original owner of Odie the dog and was also Jon's roommate, but sometime around 1982 he vanished from the series without explanation. Before Lyman was largely forgotten, though, at the age of thirteen I drew these comics detailing the many battles that Garfield and Lyman had with each other behind the scenes.
GarfieldAndLyman2
Every nonsensical, gratuitously violent comic series deserves a sequel, right? Volume 2 even contains a subseries in which the titular characters expand their battle zone to the interplanetary realm.
Images
pictures
Pictures which may or may not seem funny or (more basically) simply enjoyable to your sense. They are largely photoplasty and unfiltered photography.
ethereality
Light thru glass.
videos
There are videos I make, too, that I wish to share with you. Here are a few of my favorites and a few of the more culturally popular, which categories might of course overlap in some instances.
letusout
Let's please do let them out.
voicesoftherodeo
Can you hear them? (Warning: graphic imagery.)
Work
tcdi
We all have to work for a living, and I do as well. My "day job" is programming for and co-managing a small family computer business here in Springfield, Illinois. We don't work with residential technology but rather that of businesses, and our clients find us through word of mouth, so please don't consider this note to be an advertisement.

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