1. What drew you to illustrating as a serious pursuit, or why is this your creative obsession?
WM: I had dropped illustration for a very long time. It was so personal that any little criticism crushed my spirit and drive to create. It got to the point that I just quit. I then turned to music. As a performing song-writer I developed a confidence, my attitude toward my art matured, and I developed a thick skin. All of this helped me address the business side of art, and helped me get past all criticism, professional and creative dry spells.
I was able to do this with music as it was not personal to me, and being a more physical art form, (singing, playing, jumping around), it allowed me to release good and bad energy. Very little bothered me after a performance. I learned opinions are just opinions and how to let things just roll off my back, and after 13 years I knew I was done with music. I felt ready to pick up a pencil and return to illustration which has always been my number one artistic passion.