Photo by John Abbott

Photo by John Abbott

I began my career like many young artists, dreaming of becoming a cartoonist at Marvel Comics. After attending the High School for Art and Design in New York and a brief stint as an illustrator for a couple of comic companies including my beloved Marvel, I went on to pursue a career in painting, and later, as an illustrator. My favorite artists at this time were innovators like Howard Pyle, Frank Frazetta, Burton Silverman, Le Roy Neiman, David Stone Martin, as well as painters Diego Rivera, Picasso, and Jean Michel-Basquiat, among others.

I began publishing my watercolor paintings. First for greeting cards and then newspapers and magazines. Being a lifelong music freak, My work has placed a special concentration on jazz, which reflected my lifelong love of the music.

In the late nineties, I  forged a career in design and in 1997, became Design Manager for Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. Then I became Creative Director at Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2001. Handpicked for the position by Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, I designed marketing and promotional graphics for the 2004 opening of the celebrated "House of Swing"-- a new facility specifically designed for jazz music, Frederick P. Rose Hall at Columbus Circle in New York City.

I've designed and illustrated several jazz CD covers for Christian McBride, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Duke Ellington, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and many others.

I live in Brooklyn New York, where I continue to write, paint and draw stuff.

 

Represented by Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Kelly Sonnack, Agent

Currently illustrating MILES DAVIS FINDS HIS SOUND to be published by PageStreet Kids Spring 2019.