I was blessed to have parents who were better-than-average amateur artists (Dad into photography and woodworking, Mom into painting, interior decorating and weaving). They encouraged my drawing and artwork, and started me into photography at an early age with a simple 110. Later, Dad got me a Chinon CM-5 35mm SLR from K-mart (still have it, still works like a pro). I am eternally grateful for their hope & perseverance with me, and I hope to continue that encouragement with my daughter, who is already proving to be a good illustrator and budding photographer.
Starting in my hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, I was first active as a graphic artist making flyers for local bands, as well as working part-time as a technical assistant for an art center/music venue. From there, my friends and I collaborated in producing two short run, but successful, music/humor magazines, Substance (1992-93) and Parabrisas (1994-96). I also gained vast experience in desktop publishing, layout and printing working for two print shops and a classified ad magazine.
Currently, I am residing in Austin, Texas, and have kept busy these past several years honing my photography/graphic art skills. In 2008, I started my DBA, Oki-Ronin Enterprises. Much of my recent work has focused on architecture, aviation and, returning back to music, Austin’s amazing, but little mentioned, Jazz music scene. My future aspirations: More portraiture, more photo essay on regional modern architecture, more promotional works for the bands/musicians and other assignments for publications and businesses.
I hope you enjoy my work and thank you for your support.
Lance New (aka Señor Nuevo)
Owner, Oki-Ronin Enterprises