As a California native, Damon's source of inspiration comes from the natural beauty that surrounds him. His art is influenced not only by the geographic and cultural diversity that the San Francisco Bay Area is known for, but also by the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, where he spent some time as a child. Early on it was apparent that Damon was a gifted artist, and teachers, family, and friends all encouraged him to develop his artistic skills. He has two older sisters and two younger brothers.
Damon has a special gift for portraiture, and loves to render wildlife and landscapes as well as people. His doodles tend toward the surreal and abstract. Damon has a knack for translating a verbal description and making it come to life before your eyes. From dramatic coastal scenes to rays of sunlight breaking through the trees, Damon's use of color, light, and shadows is breathtaking. His eye for detail is captivating and makes you feel you are part of the scene. You can smell the surf, hear the crashing waves and the cry of an unseen gull in the wind.
On graduating from Encinal High in 1987, with world travel and his art education in mind, he took a leave from his job with UPS and enlisted in the Army where he enjoyed living in Northern Germany for several years prior to his tour of duty in Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf. Serving as a member of the 2nd Armored Division forward Support Battalion Unit, he finsihed his tour in '91. Returning home to Alameda, California, he resumed his job at UPS and earned his degree in Illustration from The Academy of Art University, SF.
Damon met his wife, Stacey, after returning from the military, and together they have a daughter, Bailey, and a son, Evan. As long time members of the Alameda First Presbyterian Church, they sing in the Chancel Choir, serve on the Board of Deacons, support the local shelter, and lend a hand where needed in their community. Damon provides decorative artwork, backdrops, stage props, and signage for special events and programs, and coordinated with other members to design and construct a seven by nine foot mural.
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