I’m married to my amazing wife Jenny and we have one little girl named Evie that I simply adore. Oh! And a super awesome French Bulldog named Louis. He’s the most polite dog ever — he’s got French etiquette I suppose. We’re all homebodies and don’t get out a lot, but when we do, we have a blast. We live simple lives and just love hanging out with each other. I have thought about it a lot and I’ve concluded that I’m the luckiest guy in the world.
I completed my secondary education in Texas. Later I moved to Florida, where I graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors in Social Science emphasizing History and Political Science. After graduating from University I returned to Texas and became a secondary school history teacher.
I am a teacher but I see myself as a student first and continue to learn as many things as I can fit into my head. I’m very passionate about many things and this website is an attempt to bring all of things together.
Most of my hobbies revolve around art. I love to draw mostly, but I paint traditionally and digitally upon occasion. Mostly I draw only for fun now and I don’t take commissions anymore.
I don’t really play sports anymore, but I still love watching them. I’m a big underdog fan and root for them mostly. That probably stems from the fact that I’m from Houston and you have to be willing to root for the underdog if you support the home team.
I know most people would say that your job can’t be a hobby, but I love history and I teach it because I love it. When I’m not drawing or watching sports, I’m probably reading something related to history.
I’m not a fan of the channel, but I love the future and physics and all things science. In fact I would say I love the future more than the past — if I could get a job teaching the future I would. I spend a lot of my time reading about new technology and how it affects society while dreaming of what our future may be — good or bad — hopefully good.
Action movies get my attention more than most, but I love mind-bending thrillers as well. While today’s movies are geared towards special effects and awesome cinematography, truly I would prefer a movie with a spectacular story line and some amazing acting. Too bad those things seem to be mutually exclusive in Hollywood.
I don’t get much time to read comics a lot anymore, but I still find a chance to read one or two here and there. I love the characters of so many it would be too long to list. One day, I would love to make my own, but that is for a distant alternate version of myself that reverts back to young Justin… I’m working on that 😉
This website began as a collection of my drawing and videos for my class but has grown to include my artwork in general, whether or not it was actually based on history. So, History Illustrated has become, essentially, my portfolio of all of my artwork.