My grandfather loved to draw. He loved to illustrate poetry and give it to his friends. His greatest dream was to study art and become a commercial artist. His parents said no, and he never got the chance to reach his potential. I feel that my work honors my grandfather, his dreams, and my family heritage.
I knew I was going to be an artist when I was five. I was dubbed "the best drawer in the first grade" and the "most artistic" in high school. Every Saturday from the age of ten I was taking art lessons. I took lessons at the Cleveland Art Museum and while in high school at the Cleveland Art Institute. I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University with a major in illustration.
Much of my life has been spent in advertising and interior design. I have been an art director at four ad agencies, have taught art in public schools and in private lessons. My associates have called my renderings for the design trade among the finest in America.
I am happiest when I am creating something new. I work in a variety of media. I can draw and paint very realistically, but I am also excited by taking photographs and working digital magic, to create a unique simplified pop style. Sometimes the digital piece is the finished product and sometimes I use it as an inspiration for a pencil drawing or larger acrylic piece on canvas. I am - and I have always been - an artist.