I managed to miss the date, but on February 1st, 1990 (two months after graduating from the Art Institute of Seattle), I received my first paying freelance job, doing detailed pencil drawings of dogs and cats to be printed on sweatshirts. That was a fast 25 years! Four years later, I finally ventured out on my own as a full-time illustrator. Not sure how I've managed to fool so many awesome art directors, editors and designers into sending work my way for so long, but it's been a great ride. I'm signing up for another tour!
Seriously, to all of you who have trusted me with your illustration needs over the years, my sincerest thanks. I'm fortunate to be able to do something I love and get paid for it.