Artist

ss_logoI am a practicing professional artist, with over 30 years in the business. I am a lover of art and technology, who really enjoys creating art with my hands as well as on a computer. During my career I have worked in several fields:

Animation

WDASLike many children I fell in love with cartoons at a very young age. So it was a true blessing for me to spend 14 years working with the animation crews at Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, California. As Training Manager is was my job to learn from the masters, practice it myself, and share the knowledge with the rest of the crew. Being surrounded by world class artists, teaching classes, and attending hundreds of classes every year has greatly increased my knowledge and expectations of art.

Children’s Books

As an illustrator some of the most fulfilling projects I have undertaken are creating a series of painting and drawings that visually illustrate stories from classic literature, written by some of my favorite authors, such as Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker, and Washington Irving. I also enjoy the challenge of illustrating original stories that hold a fresh and new perspective.

6_booksThe children’s books I have illustrated are:

  • “Tiana and her Furry Friend” illustrated a 24 page children’s book for Walt Disney Publishing based on the last movie I worked on at Disney (Princess and the Frog). It includes 24 full color digital paintings
  • “Hope” designed and illustrated an original 32 page children’s book for The Benefactory, Inc, sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States. It included 19 full color acrylic paintings
  • “Little Chick’s Easter Treasure” an original 40 page storybook for Unicorn Publishing House, containing 20 full color acrylic illustrations
  • “Ghosts, A Classic Collection” a 158 page book of classic ghost stories for Unicorn Publishing House, containing 20 full color oil paintings and 10 black & white pencil illustrations
  • “Aesop’s Fables” a 70 page book of world famous fables (like the Tortoise and the Hare) for Unicorn Publishing House, containing 30 full color oil paintings
  • “A Christmas Carol” a 101 page book of classic ghost stories for Unicorn Publishing House, containing 20 full color oil paintings

Fantasy Illustration

Fortune Teller 900x900Fantasy art is a very creative genre. I find it artistically challenging to use my imagination to create something completely new, yet executed it in a believable way. My fantasy art is greatly influenced by artists such as Maxfield Parrish, The Brothers Hildebrandt, and Boris Vallejo.

Graphic Design

I began my graphic design career in the days of hand crafted mechanicals; with photostats, rubber cement, rubilith film, and X-acto knives. I eagerly jumped into the desktop publishing and prepress movements using PageMaker, QuarkXpress, Photoshop, and Illustrator, eventually becoming the President of NJEPS (New Jersey Electronic Publishing Society). Today I use a combination of traditional hand drawn techniques, 2D and 3D computer graphics, and digital photography to design and illustrate my graphic work. Good examples of this are the program covers I designed and illustrated for the last four years of the “Annie Awards” ceremony (the top honors in the animation industry).

Computer Graphics

I have always sought out and embraced technology as a means to create art. I enjoy using any and all tools at my disposal, and the computer is one of my favorite. I am an advanced user of imaging programs such as Photoshop, Painter, Illustrator, QuarkXress, and various Disney proprietary programs. I also am an expert in animation and motion graphics software, including ToonBoom animation software, Digicel’s FlipBook, Disney proprietary programs, Final Cut, Premiere, IMovie, Powerpoint and Keynote.

Fine Artist

Life size oil painting of an African Leopard.I was originally trained as a fine artist, and enjoy working in a variety of traditional mediums; oil, acrylic, gouche, pencil, pen & ink, watercolor, and mixed media. I have displayed my paintings, drawings, and lithographs in galleries in the New York and Los Angeles areas. I have hosted one-man shows in many galleries, including Walt Disney Animation Studio’s Southside gallery, Burbank, CA, “The Atrium Art Gallery,” Morristown, NJ, Nabisco World Headquarters, East Hanover, NJ, and displayed my illustrations at “The New York Society of Illustrators, NY”

Awards and Scholarships

I have received various awards for my art over the years, most notably the Lila Achenson Scholarship from the National Society of Illustrators, NYC, and a Scholarship from the New Jersey Art Directors Club