I have been a professional artist and teacher for over thirty years. I came from a small town not known as a center for creative activity, but one where a strong work ethic and sense of accomplishment prevailed among the hard working population.
Coupling the notion of hard work, a creative outlook, flexibility and a desire to approach projects from a different point of view, allowed me to begin a successful career in art. These experiences have provided me with the rare opportunity to interact successfully with a broad spectrum of commercially proficient professionals and students working in a variety of media ranging from traditional painting, drawing and sculpture through current digital manipulations. Additionally, my own studies and experimentation have provided me the practical knowledge and understanding of what makes great composition, proper contrast, technical skill, work ethic and craftsmanship. The blend of these attributes and a driven desire to create can contribute to the generation of wonderful works of art.
My work has been commissioned by clients including Kodak, Xerox, Mobil, DuPont, Holt Rinehart and Winston, Citibank, Federal Reserve Bank, Dunn and Bradstreet, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Nalge Company, Time, Habitat for Humanity and Fisher-Price Toys. I am an Associate Professor of Illustration in the School of Art at Rochester Institute of Technology. I earned my MFA degree from Syracuse University.
Currently I am writing, illustrating and engineering a pop up book. The illustrations highlight the sights Johnny and Grandpa see on a day trip and hike to the Flathead river near Glacier National Park. Pictures include magnificent Montana scenery while eagles, native cutthroat trout, moose, wildflowers and bears populate the pages. My story is all about closely observing nature in all its magnificence. But, beautiful as nature might be, wild creatures must sometimes behave instinctively in order to survive in their environment. The illustrations are rendered in pencil and digitally colored. The style is very realistic with lots of detail in anatomy, botany and authentic locations. Please visit my blog to learn more about this project.
Useful Links for Illustrators
RIT College of Imaging Arts and Sciences
The US Copyright Office
Society of Illustrators
Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators
Illustrators Partnership of America
Graphic Artists Guild
The Movable Book Society
The Illustration Conference
The Norman Rockwell Museum
National Museum of American Illustration