23 Aug Jeff’s Story: Healing through Humour

Jeff discovered his talent as a cartoon artist as a teenager. Bored in class one day he started doodling on his notebook and has been creating cartoons ever since. His modesty is clear as he speaks of his art – describing it more as a hobby than a talent & shrugging off compliments with a smile.

Jeff has overcome many obstacles throughout his life; HIV being one of them. Although Jeff acknowledges that he was scared when he received his diagnoses, he also says that once he discovered it was not a death sentence, it proved to have a silver lining; giving him the opportunity to experience things which he would not have otherwise; to meet some of the best people he’s ever known and to be a part of a caring & supportive community.

Jeff sees his art as a means of bringing joy & laughter to others – ‘to be able to create something that gives someone a chuckle, something that may help someone else is great.’ He also recognizes his art as a form of therapy, an outlet that has allowed him to take his mind off of some of his challenges, clearing his mind and providing a positive means of expressing himself through humour.


Click here for information on how to purchase Jeff's ebook.

When asked where his ideas come from he says they seem to just come to him; often when he is trying to fall asleep or feeling stressed he will put some thought into his artwork and ideas will form – he enjoys putting humans into animal situations and vice versa; taking everyday situations and finding the humour in them. Jeff has a Mother, Father & Brother who also bring him inspiration through humour; being funny runs in the family. He is incredibly grateful for the ongoing support and love that his family has provided through the years, saying ‘they’ve made a big difference in my life, I wouldn’t have been able to spend as much time on my artwork as I have if it wasn’t for them and their support – and the art has helped me deal with many of the tough times.’

When dreaming about the future, Jeff aspires to someday have a book of his comics published and looks forward to continuing to pursue his love of cartooning.

Jeff has recently published his first e-book, click here for more information on how to purchase it.

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