I began studying art at the High School of Art and Design in New York City under Irwin Greenberg, or Greeny as his students called him. Greeny taught his students in a manner that was considered out of vogue at the time. We learned about the Great Masters and painted from the model everyday in oils and watercolor. He taught his students about painters like Rembrandt, Rubens, Velazquez and Sargent. It was a very unique class to have in a high school and I have always been grateful for it. Being a teen there were of course other influences, (I'm talking about art of course), I loved comic books and followed my favorite artists. They include John Buscema, Neal Adams, Gene Colan, etc. All these influences have stayed with me to this day.
I went on to Parsons School of Design as well as taking classes at the Art Students League. I have had my illustrations published in Bloomberg Market Magazine,(three caricatures)and The Guide magazine for children.
I love telling stories. When my oldest son was 5 years old I started creating picture books for him about these cartoon dinosaur characters I made up. I would put the books together using the copiers on my job and give them to him. I was very happy to see that he liked them enough to take them to school with him. I made two more stories about the same characters, though I never got to finish all the illustrations for the last story.
I got lots of compliments from people who saw the books so I printed out a few more, even sold some.
When my son grew older I wrote another story that matched his age. He loved that one too and I went all out on the illustrations on that one. I liked the idea, it was about a kid who tried to imagine what it would be like to have a dinosaur as a pet. I thought the story had a sense of humor and I worked hard on the illustrations, working and reworking them till I got what I thought was the very best I could do . That story lead me down the path of self publishing
I also began to blog about my work and about my struggles to staying committed as an artist. I share about my work process and the things I've learned and the lessons I am learning now as my work continues to evolve