A graphic designer since age thirteen, in '84 he began setting type with a phototypositor machine that photographed and allowed kerning of each individual character. A billboard design might take several days, hand-producing "camera ready" art with color separations. Years of this labor lead to a burning desire to draw and paint freely. Chip studied Fine Art at Gulf Coast State College and Florida State University; and later, digital art at the Art Institute of Jacksonville, continuing to produce fine art throughout his career which has focused on logo design and identity work.
Chip lives in Jacksonville, Florida and works in three areas as an abstract expressionist: Light and Human Forms, Political Subject Matter and Portraiture.