After a few weeks of solid painting I'm finally finished with the art for my latest book, " Jonah The Runaway Prophet". This was a great story to illustrate and the research was interesting as well...no whale involved but the "giant fish" was most probably a whale shark. This creature is a filter feeder with a chambered stomach so Jonah could have lived inside for a time. That's probably more information than you wanted but that's what you run into when researching even the simplest of stories.
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.