I bring this up because my Mother has been visiting here for most of the week and one would think that I work in the porn industry by way my Mom reacts to my art. I am not going to rag on my mom and in truth few of the folks that I spend time with show much interest in my work . Most have rarely seen my art and only a few have expressed the desire. I can not help but get the feeling that most think what I do for a living is stupid. I don't think that is how my friends or family would put it ( they are overall very nice people), but, the notion of illustrating fantasy, sci-fi and horror seems to bewilder them. Even now when sci-fi and fantasy has become mainstream it is still seen as a childish pursuit, as somehow illegitimate for an adult occupation -- the stuff of pimpled faced teenage boys. This is in spite of it being a billion dollar industry-- with explosion of children's and young adult books, and the proliferation sci-fi, fantasy and horror publishers , computer games, collectible card games, role playing games, movies and the internet there probably has never been a time in history when speculative art has been in such demand and still I feel like I must somehow qualify or excuse what I am doing here-- I know that it might not change the world or bring peace to the middle east, but I am one of the few people I know that is truly happy with their career choice and I must say that I am very thrilled to be able to do this for a living.