A couple of words about the artist:

After three semesters as a studio arts major at SUNY New Paltz, I transferred to Parsons School of Design as an illustration major.

I had some incredible instructors at Parsons, including Maurice Sendak, Dave Passalacqua, Jim Spanfeller, Bernie D'Andrea, Burne Hogarth, Emily Elman, Bill Clutz, Carol Stone, Paul Giovanopoulos and Stan Mack.

Upon graduation, I immediately hit the streets with my portfolio and began selling small black and white spots to a wide variety of ad agencies, magazines and newspapers. In 1992 I saw the digital writing on the wall and took a summer course on computer art at SVA with the dynamic illustrator Pamela Hobbs. My first Macintosh arrived in my studio in early 1993 and it's been love ever since.

I began teaching at my alma mater Parsons in 1996 and started with a class in Adobe Illustrator. In 1999, under chairperson Barbara Nessim (a groundbreaking and visionary illustrator in her own right) I taught classes in non-digital general illustration. I also taught digital illustration for four summers at the Syracuse ISDP program. During the summer of 1997 I also got to meet and spend a little time with Phil Meggs, the author of the seminal graphic design history text in the field. His grace and teaching style made a big impact on me. He was a true gentleman and his influence on me is vast compared to the time I actually got to spend with him. Some people are like that.

I taught for four years as an adjunct at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. I taught two levels of graphic design classes and one of digital illustration.

My first love is illustration of course, but these days graphic design is giving it a run for it's money. I've done more and more design over the last couple of years, (and loved it) and I do believe that illustration and design complement each other. My design education and practice make my illustration better and vice versa. That realization informed my decision in 2007 to return to school at Marywood University to earn my MFA in Graphic Design, which I completed in 2010. I spent seven years teaching graphic design and illustration at Eastern New Mexico University, as well as serving as chair of the department of art there for six years, my wife Jane and I returned to the East Coast in the fall of 2017 where I began teaching at Shepherd University, as well as continuing my art and design practice. I've enjoyed being back on the east coast and working with a fabulous faculty at Shepherd.

So there you have a little about me. Please enjoy the illustration I've placed here on the site and if you might be interested in working with me, don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have! If you are a student and have any technical questions, feel free to send them along and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

Best, Brad

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