J.D. comes from a family of artists and engineers and earned his AAA degree in commercial art with a focus on illustration. He went on to earn a BA degree from the Kansas City Art Institute. In 1989, J.D. found himself in Hollywood and, working as a sought-after art director for the next 26 years, managed to create well over 2,000 movie posters, album covers, and a wide range of advertising solutions for major corporations in several different industries. In 2016, J.D. gave up the Hollywood lifestyle and relocated to beautiful Santa Rosa, California, for a very significant change in his art, life, finances, and even health (fortunately, all for the better). For the first time ever, J.D. was able to make a tremendous detour from his style of realism and wholly embrace abstract art.