In the early days of my illustration career I was contracted to create a number of paintings for magazine articles with a "Norman Rockwell" feeling. Rockwell was not the only artist working in this realistic style at the time and The Saturday Evening Post featured many illustrations by these artists, all of which had this feeling to them. Of course, a young illustrator doesn't turn down work and I'm a big Rockwell fan anyway so this came naturally to me. Here was my "Rockwellian" take on these commissions...
I was an artist as a child and am still creating art.
As a boy I drew pictures while studying the works of comic book artists and Michelangelo. With no art classes in elementary thru high school, I was left on my own to discover the how and why of art. It was Burne Hogarth who wrote a letter of recommendation for me to get into the School Of Visual Arts in NYC. I learned how to say what I wanted to say in a painting and make it an illustration, a unique craft of thinking, drawing and communicating. I began getting freelance illustration work before I graduated. Work grew steadily and after a few years I began illustrating children's books. With more that seventy books to my credit, I was the recipient of the 2012 Rip Van Winkle Award for my contribution to children's literature.
I developed my own vision in my fine art paintings. I painted the places and things I knew best. My work was soon accepted into juried exhibitions at the North East Watercolor Society and The American Artists Professional League. I was a board member for Barrett Art Center and am an adjunct lecturer in the Studio Art Department of Marist College.