Back Then and Now - Some Notes
Owning a whole creative life in distinct chapters - I am a native New Yorker, went to NYC public schools, have a Master's in Illustration, and Philadelphia is my home.
Happy in my own company, I haven't changed much this way since childhood.
Always working with my hands - they draw, paint, write, design, cook, sew, engineer, build, garden, and sail well.
I aim to finish whatever I start.
- Member solo exhibits of paintings and illustrations have been at the Society of Illustrators, New York, NY, 2007 and 2010; and The National Arts Club, New York, NY, December, 2009-2010.
I'm a long-time member of the Author's and Graphic Artist's Guilds, too.
- In the 1970’s starting out professionally, I began as a newspaper designer at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN at the School of Journalism 1975-77 for The Indiana Daily Student (ids).
- As a freelancer, I did television commercial storyboards for Young & Rubicam Advertising and Zanders Animation Studio, New York, NY, 1977-78, commuting from Staten Island. I also worked for a brief time for Conde Nast for
SI Newhouse at The Staten Island Advance and Vogue Magazine.
- Moving back East, I was a successful graphic designer, editor, and illustrator at Temple University's publications office in Philadelphia, 1977-82.
- In the 1980’s, living in Bucks County, I freelanced for Lafayette and Muhlenberg College's publications; working as well for Lehigh University and Penn State on several successful projects.
- My most publicly recognizable work from this era was for UK importers, Donegal Square and as a featured muralist for Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA 1985-87.
- In an inspired mid-life decision, I finished a Master's in Illustration from Syracuse University 1992-94.
- Commuting from PA then moving to Manhattan in 1995, I worked at The Society of Illustrators as a research librarian from 1993-1996. With determined pavement-pounding to introduce my illustrated and written books to editors 1995-96,
it was a very dispiriting, impersonal experience.
- The set of 8 books, unpublished, are still in their respective portfolios, all recently revised.
It just wasn't time then, but it is now.
- Yes, I gave up looking for art and book representation then and onwards for all the reasons, but I kept drawing and painting.
- Regularly attending life-drawing classes throughout Manhattan, this skill is a really strong suit of mine.
- Returning to college publications expertise to make a living, I worked as the Chief Editor/Writer of the alumni publication Prattfolio, 1995-97 at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Won a Gold CASE award for it in 1996.
- I did freelance storyboards for Jim Henson Studios for movie and television show development 1996-98;
and The New York Post as a freelance photographer, 2003-2004.
- Did a first-rate portfolio of courtroom illustrations 2003-4 at New York State Supreme Court, New York, NY.
Have since done some work, by invitation, at Federal Court here in Philadelphia.
- April, 2019