I’ve been an artist ever since I can remember and won the art award in grammar school. I graduated Syracuse University cum laude with a BFA in illustration and a minor in creative writing.
When living in Chicago I fell in love with drawing the city and that’s where I first became known for pen and ink drawings with a touch of color. While there I also studied etching and for a while enjoyed doing hand-colored etching, some with embossing. One of the highlights of my career at that time was drawing each new restaurant created by the famous restauranteurs, “Lettuce Entertain You.” During my Chicago days, I did a lot of writing of books and poetry for children and Charles Scribners’ Sons was one of my publishers.
In the late seventies, I moved to Maryland near DC and had a wonderful time as a street vendor with my artwork. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the scene I was drawing. Through vending, I got to do a poster for USA Today and one for CNN. I joined the art fair circuit and was a familiar face in the Maryland Sugarloaf art shows.
For a number of years, I had a permanent space at the Bethesda Farm Woman’s Market and eventually, I had two galleries of my own – one in Kensington MD, and one in my wonderful hometown of Takoma Park MD. I had an outdoor kiosk on Bethesda Row and had employees who helped with framing, etc., and selling.
I was once the guest on the Diane Rehm Show, one of my favorite events. I was hired to produce very large prints for each room of the Georgetown Suites Hotel, one of my biggest jobs ever. My favorite job I undertook was creating my own calendar, DC Doings. It was illustrated with my scenes of MD, DC and VA and was in stores all over the metro DC area. Aside from my illustrations it had 7 pages of things to do in the area (before cellphones) and a Snip and Send postcard back cover. It had a cult following and I did all the work involved myself, except for the paste-up, from 1992 to 2002.
In 2014 I moved to Sarasota FL, choosing to live here in part because of the lighting. Rather than retiring, however, I added Pet Portraits to my repertoire. When I moved here I told myself, “you are not drawing every building in Sarasota,” but I can’t seem to help it. I’m enjoying creating as much as ever and recently have developed a passion for photography.
I am so grateful for the gift I have received, for the energy to continue to enjoy it, and most certainly for all the love and support I have gotten over the years from so many people who enjoy my work. Thank you!
Many thanks to my original webmaster, William Yancey, without whom this website and my notecard business would never have happened and to my new webmaster, Chloe Hasmonek, without whom this website would never be updated.