A couple of words about the artist:

Well to start with, I'd rather run than twitter. That's the truth. I really do get the importance of social networking, twittering, blogging, facebooking, drawgering etc., but when it comes down to it, what I'd rather do when I'm not actively creating art, is run. But more about that later.

I attended the prestigious Stuyvesant High School in NYC, where among other great teachers I had Frank McCourt, of Angela's Ashes fame, for senior english. Not a bad start. I was also classmates with Barack Obama's right hand man, David Axelrod, whose portrait is included in one of the galleries here on the site. Stuyvesant is the number one math and science high school in the country so my plans were to become a math major upon entering college.

But in my senior year of high school I got involved in drawing for some of the school publications and decided to attend SUNY New Paltz as a fine arts major. I had some great instructors at New Paltz, including the wonderful Kenneth Burge for freshman art studio, but something was still missing. After three semesters I took a leave of absence, came back to NYC and opened up the yellow pages under the section Art Schools. Without any real knowledge of illustration as a career option, I decided that I would take a closer look at Parsons, The School of Visual Arts and Pratt. I visited the admissions offices of all three to pick up catalogs, but the fellow at the Parsons office actually had some spare time and sat me down for a slide show of student work. Among the work I saw was that of Chris Spollen, Joe Ciardello and Victor Juhaz. I was sold.

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 (our class even made it into one of his "Real Life Funnies" strips for the Village Voice). Murray Tinkelman, the department chairman at the time, had put together an all-star lineup, and we were the beneficiaries. I wouldn't have traded those years for anything!

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. What a great class that was! Also in that class with me was my good friend Jean Tuttle. We were computer neophytes, but Pam really got us started by showing us some of the possibilites in the new medium. My first Macintosh arrived in my studio in early 1993 and it's been love ever since. I still feel I've only scratched the surface with the computer and there is a ton more exploration left to do. But as I tell my students, it still all begins with a pencil and paper.

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 under my old mentor Murray Tinkelman at the Syracuse ISDP program. I had the honor to co-teach with Chris Spollen for one summer and with Nancy Stahl for three summers. 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 have also just finished teaching 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 Marist students are my "kids" and they are as close as family to me. They leave me very hopeful about the future of the world.

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 will complete in 2010.

I've had a great first half of a career in art and I'm very excited about the new things ahead and working with the new people I have yet to meet. I've appended a client list which represents only a portion of all the wonderful folks I've worked with over the years. I value each one.

By the way, getting back to the running ... when I'm not working in my studio or sitting at my computer, I'm usually out for a run here in the beautiful Hudson Valley. I'm a 10-time finisher of the NYC Marathon and have run 23 marathons overall and over 400 races in total. I've gotten more than a bit slower over the years, but finishing a race always feels just as good as it ever did. Running balances out the close concentration of making art. It all seems to fit together. My wife Jane, who is a superb personal trainer and a talented runner, always manages to keep it fun and we often run and race together.

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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