I may be a lot of things, some I’m proud of, some I’d rather forget, but deep down I think any of my friends could tell you that I’m just a big nerd at heart. My credentials are extensive and include a love of every Star Trek series (including Voyager), every Star Wars movie, Dr. Who (the fourth Dr. and the last two doctors have been my favorites), and a deep love of both the Discovery and History channels — even if it is just a program on how bricks are made I’ll be the first one tuning in. When it comes to PBS though there will always be a certain soft spot in my heart. Growing up in the Dallas area I was raised on a Friday and Saturday night British comedies — Channel 13 in Dallas was actually the flagship for British comedies in America. When I got a call that the national PBS program ‘My Generation with Lisa Gibbons’ wanted to do an interview all of my nerd Spidey senses began tingling.
Stephen Menick was the producer that contacted me, and when he and his crew showed up for the two day shoot it was my privilege to be a fly on the wall and see how they put the show together. It is amazing how much work and thought goes into a news segment – it was so interesting to watch the creative process from the very beginning, and to see how they began to piece the story together. My studio isn’t small, but isn’t huge either; probably just under 500 square feet, but it was quickly filled with all the lights and camera equipment needed to capture the painting on film. Stephen was an amazingly friendly guy, extremely humble, and was so open about the creative process and what they were trying to capture with the piece that it really put me at ease and allowed me to concentrate on the artwork. The segment won’t air until next year, but I can’t wait to see what these video artists put together!