Influences & Inspiration
Haddon Sundblom, the creator of the "Coca-Cola Santa" paintings. My "Santa Mentor" is Santa Ed Butchart, the Stone Mountain Santa. I continually learn from my peers in the Santa world including Santa Steve Gillham, "Santa Noel" (Leon McBryde,) Santa Tim Connaghan, Tom and Holly Valent at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School. I am inspired by my continuing work with fine artists including Ralph J. McDonald, Linda Hyatt Cancel, Douglas Rowe, Cara J. Reische, Wendy Leedy, William Mangum, Richard Tumbleston, and Teresa Pennington. Photographers Tim Talley, Terry Pardew, Steve Norman, Jeff Pennell, and Larry Hersberger have been ispiring in helping me create my image as Santa Claus.