I attended my first car race at age four. My parents took my brother, sister and me to Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, CA 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 remarkably interesting personalities that have shaped my career as an artist.
My brother and I started racing VW’s at Fremont Raceway, Fremont, CA 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.
I am a third generation Californian (and third generation born in San Jose, CA) born with my foot on the gas. I have always had creative energy to spare and have never stopped drawing and painting, especially cars. My motorsports artwork is in the collections of race drivers, sponsors, and featured in national art shows.
You can find my artwork here:
- Porsche Club of America Events, including Porsche Parade and Werks Reunion. I am an official artist for the Porsche Club of America, Columbia, MD.
- Petersen Automobile Museum, Los Angeles, CA. They have featured my art and art prints. Fine art prints are available in the Museum Store and Online.
- The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. William (Bill) Warner, Founder and Chairman, of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and I have presented the honoree’s in 2019 (Jacky Ickx, Jürgen Barth and Hurly Haywood) and 2020 (Roger Penske) with my original paintings.
- WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA
- Petrolicious produced a video (published in April 2020) that featured my art and my vintage 911 Porsche, titled 'Bahama Mama'.
- My artwork has been featured in the PCA (Porsche Club of America) Panorama Magazine in 2019.
- My paintings have been featured at the world-class Canepa Motorsports Museum, Scotts Valley, CA for the last 10 years.
- I am guest #356 on Mark Greene’s Cars Yeah podcast. You can listen here.
My recent work has sped into big, bold, acrylic on canvas, bursting with vivid color. Check it out!
I guess you could say I’m a car guy (that would be an understatement!).