My love of drawing people started early. As a child, I’d go to the movies and come home and draw the great actresses in their beautiful costumes. My mother always encouraged my artwork, and I eventually went on to win the top art award in high school. After a long career in commercial art, I found myself drawn (so to speak) to realism, and faces & figures still fascinate me. The eyes, in particular, tell a lot about a person, and to me, the bones and curves of the facial planes are almost like a landscape. I enjoy portraying people’s loved ones, and get great satisfaction when they are pleased with the results.
I feel I’ve been very lucky to have nurtured a talent & hobby that takes me into another world, and one that always relaxes me.
Now that I have been teaching, passing along what I have learned gives me the greatest pleasure of all.
Education & Background
Advertising Art and Design Major, State University at Farmingdale, N.Y. Retired Advertising Designer/Art Director/Illustrator with many years experience at ad agencies and corporate art departments. Studied portraiture at the Art Student’s League, with Paul Leveille at the Hudson River School of Fine Art Workshops, with Jack Hoffman of East Meadow; and with master portraitist John Howard Sanden. Have been teaching pastel portraiture using a live model at the Nassau County Museum of Fine Art since April 2007. Teaching children, teens, & adults locally for the past 6 years, and have won over 15 awards.