All my life, I have been an artist. The most fun was sitting on the kitchen floor with a new box of crayons
at hand and as most young boys drawing cars, cars and more cars. At the age of 12, I received a scholarship to the James
Nelson Raymond Fund classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and continued there through high school. I attended and
graduated from Chicago's American Academy of Art.
After serving as an illustrator for the United States Army in Vietnam,
I began a career as a freelance illustrator in New York, joining the Society of Illustrators.
me back to Chicago where I became an illustrator at Handelan Pederson Studio. Once gaining maturity and experience,
I became a partner at the 405 Group. Currently, I am the proprietor of TPMcKee Illustration in Chicago.
is in private and commissioned national collections, including the Chicago Bears. A list of my credits include the creation
of the Brian Picollo Award Trophy; Revere Press Artist Competition; RSVP Portrait Competition, 2006; The University of Northern
New Mexico's Celebration of the Woman Show, 2006; Liquitex 2007, December artist of the month, and the pleasure of participating
in Chicago's prestigious One of a Kind Show in December, 2007. I was selected as the first place winner of the
Blue Moon competition held at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, 2008.
I use color, composition and construction.
Color to catch the eye, composition for drama, and imagination is the drive. I construct my art dimensionally for depth,
juxtaposition, engineering constraints with painting expression. It isn't easy, but man, I love it!
Life is a
wonderful education and I take pleasure in sharing the art of imagination with the rest of the world. I guess, no matter
how hard we search, one's art ends up pretty much an autobiography.