He earned a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1977. He spent the next two years as a studio illustrator with Hellman Design Associates which was led by Gary Kelley.
He lectures frequently at universities and colleges nationwide and gives workshops on painting at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. He leads an Illustration Master Class in Amherst, MA.
He is represented by Richard Solomon.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois - Portraits of Abraham Lincoln
National Geographic Society expedition to the Fond du Lac river in Canada for the 1996 article "David Thomson: The Man Who Measured Canada"
National Geographic Society illustrations for "The Wreck of the C.S.S. Alabama"
National Geographic exhibition - “Real Pirates: The Untold Story of The Whydah, from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship”
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Concept Illustrator 2005
2009 Oregon Statehood Stamp by the United States Postal Service
Literary Arts series; Mark Twain Stamp by the United States Postal Service
Nightrunners, Joe R Lansdale, Dean R. Koontz 1987
Ninja Vol III Warrior Path of Togakure by Stephen K. Hayes 1991
To Capture The Wind, Sheila MacGill-Callahan, August 1997
Nanuk: Lord of the Ice, Brian Heinz, 1999
Cover Her Face, Simon & Schuster, P. D. James 2001
Stories of Your Life and Others, Tor Books, Ted Chiang 2002
Death of an Expert Witness, Simon & Schuster, P. D. James 2001
The Alchemist's Door, Macmillan, Lisa Goldstein 2003
Dreamer of Dune: The Biography of Frank Herbert, Macmillan, Brian Herbert 2004
The Knight, Tor Books, Gene Wolfe, January 2004
Giving Thanks, Turtleback School & Library Binding, Jonathan London, September 2005
The Last River: John Wesley Powell and the Colorado River Exploring Expedition Mikaya Press, Stuart Waldman October 2005
Glory Road, Macmillan, Robert Heinlein and Samuel Delany 2008
Cheyenne Medicine Hat, Brian Heinz, September 2006
Grania: She-King of the Irish Seas, Morgan Llywelyn, February 20, 2007
The Vengeful Virgin, Gil Brewer, April 2007
Magellan's World Mikaya Press, Stuart Waldman October 2007
An Irish Country Doctor, Macmillan, Patrick Taylor 2011
Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship, National Geographic Books, Barry Clifford, 2008
Zero Cool, Michael Crichton (as "John Lange"), March 2008
Lamentation (The Psalms of Isaak, Volume 2) Tor Books, Ken Scholes February 2009
Lobster Johnson: The Satan Factory, Dark Horse, Thomas E. Sniegoski June 2009
Canticle (The Psalms of Isaak, Volume 2) Tor Books, Ken Scholes October 2009
Robert E Howard's Complete Conan of Cimmeria 1935: v.3 (Leather Bound Edition) Book Palace Books, Robert E Howard February 2010
An Irish Country Girl: A Novel, Macmillan, Patrick Taylor 2011
A Weeping Czar Beholds the Fallen Moon, Tor Books, Ken Scholes
Looking for Truth in a Wild Blue Yonder, Tor Books, Ken Scholes and Jay Lake
The Starship Mechanic, Tor Books, Ken Scholes and Jay Lake
Nominated for a Caldecott Medal in 1977
Society of Illustrators New YorkGold medal
Hamilton King Award in 1999
Stephan Dohanos Award in 2000
Society of Illustrators Los AngelesSilver medals
Best in Show Award.
Artist’s MagazineFirst Prize Wildlife Art Competition 1990
Featured in 1996, 1998, and 2000 in Step-By-Step Graphics.
SpectrumSilver medal in 2001
Eleanor Ettinger Galleries in New York and Hong Kong
Witham Gallery; Ohio - 1997
Walt Reed Gallery; Westport, Connecticut - “The Illustrator in America, 1860–2000”.
Members Gallery at the Society of Illustrators - February 1, 2011 - February 26, 2011
Arte Verissima Gallery - "Weightless" - January 24, 2015 - March 8, 2015