From a very young age I wanted to be an artist. My early interest in drawing trains and airplanes has remained my life’s passion but I enjoy capturing beauty in many different forms. After graduation from Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia, I worked for about 5 years as a commercial artist doing technical drawings for a construction firm. As I perfected my craft, I was ready to spread my wings and became a freelance artist, working with a variety of airbrushes, pencils, pens and paint. Time-Life Books hired me to do illustrations of trees, foliage, houseplants and the like for their Nature series. Later, when the pharmaceutical industry needed illustrators for advertisements and medical education, I was available. Early on I designed the first print ad for Maalox antacid for Rohr pharmaceutical. Then, I worked for Merck, Sharp and Dohme pharmaceutical company drawing anatomical illustrations for books, magazines and print advertisements. Unfortunately technology and the digital revolution in the 1990’s took over the jobs of commercial artists and illustrators. Pencils, pens and airbrushes became obsolete and were replaced by keyboards and screens, so I found myself looking for other outlets for my creativity.
How I work.
My creative focus has shifted from industry to commissioned artwork for individuals. Of course I still love to draw steam engines, freight trains and rail yards so if you are a train buff, I’m your man! But I have also expanded my repertoire. If you have a beloved family pet, a classic car or favorite room in your home you would like to capture in a beautiful painting, please contact me to discuss. I work from your photos using pen, pencil, airbrush and watercolor to create an heirloom quality replica and depending on the size of the painting, commissions can be completed within a month.