I attended my first car race at age four. My parents took my brother, sister and me to Laguna Seca Raceway in 1959 (I still have that old race poster packed away!) in our 1952 MGTD. My dad volunteered as a SCRAMP corner worker. Throughout my childhood, I got to watch the races on the outside of the old wooden fencing, sitting on the hill at Turn 4. Right next to the track! Once, a Ferrari spun out just a few feet away from me. While my Dad and another corner worker push-started the car, the driver looked over at me and said “Slippery, eh?” Then he zoomed off! I enjoyed many races at Laguna Seca Raceway while growing up. My heroes were great drivers like Sterling Moss, Dan Gurney, Carrol Shelby, Mark Donahue, and Rick Mears.
At one point, my parents had two sports cars, the 1952 MGTD, and my mom’s 1962 Austin Healey 3000. Yes, everywhere we went as a family, us three kids were piled into the tiny back seat of either the MG or the Healey. On one occasion, our family was camping at the Pinnacles National Park and we were asked to leave by the rangers. My Mom was spinning donuts in her Healey around a tree in the campground!
Maybe this is when I started drawing cars. I just know that from kindergarten on, most of my school papers had cars drawn all over them! My childhood has left a major imprint; a first-hand love of motorsports, cars, race drivers and the very interesting personalities that have shaped my career as an artist.
My brother and I started racing VW’s at Fremont Raceway when I was 15 years old, then later Super Modifieds at San Jose Fairgrounds Speedway. I designed and printed our race team shirts and soon, everybody else wanted me to design their shirts! I started a T-shirt company, O.Tee Shirts, when I was 20 years old- based on my art and new-found race contacts. This turned into one of the largest T-shirt companies specializing in motorsports in the country. Over the next couple of decades, I created art and apparel for many top racers, tracks, and manufacturers; including Mears, Andretti, Petty, Earnhardt, Senna, Mansell, the Daytona 500, Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey Historics, Long Beach Grand Prix, Indy 500, Monaco F1, as well as Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, NASCAR, Indy Car and F1.
Born with my foot on the gas, I’ve always had creative energy to spare and have never stopped drawing and painting cars. My motorsports artwork is in the collections of race drivers, sponsors, and featured in national art shows. My paintings have been featured at Canepa Motorsports Museum (Scotts Valley, CA) for the last 10 years.
My recent work has sped into big, bold, acrylic on canvas, bursting with vivid color.
I guess you could say I’m a car guy (that would be an understatement!).