In 1949 the average cost of a new house was $7,450. The average wage per year was $2950. The average cost of a new car was $1,420 and gas was 17 cents per gallon.
Against that backdrop on September 12, I came into the world. That same year my grandparents had bought a small farmhouse in upstate New York and it’s where I spent all my summer vacations. The farmhouse did nor have indoor plumbing, just an outhouse around back,
That’s where I viewed my first pinup calendar. I guess it left quite an impression on me, because 50 years later, I decided it would be challenging to try and recreate those wonderful illustrations, using my camera rather than with brush and canvas as the pinup artists of the era did.
Although the work of artists George Petty and Alberto Vargas, well know in the pinup world, impressed me very much, it was Gil Elvgren’s paintings which influenced me the most. Considered the “King of the Pinup Artists," Elvgren’s ability to capture the spirit of American feminine beauty was unsurpassed. His pinups danced their way out of the Depression and into World War ll, accompanying soldiers and giving them hope, reminding them of their girls back home.
In September 2006, I contacted Heidi Van Horne, Sabina Kelly, and Dayna DeLux, who were among the top pinup models at the time and asked if they would work with me on this project.
I experimented with different lighting techniques in my studio until I got the results I was after. I personally built all the sets, found the outfits and props and performed all the retouching. The work gained a lot of attention and soon requests started pouring in for signed prints and licensing.
In 2010 I received the prestigious American Advertising’s Gold Award of Achievement for my pinup series. The images have appeared in advertising campaigns and magazines, and on products and websites all over the world.