I started this blog in Sept. ‘08 as a substitute for the ever-decreasing compensation—emotional, intellectual and financial—I was getting at my work-for-a-living activities. Times have changed and priorities with them, for both me and the institutions I worked for.
I no longer work for a living, so do I persist here from vanity or for therapy? Hard to say. But what ever the reason, it seemed a worthwhile thing to keep doing even when no longer being compensated for that—real or imagined—by the real world.
The earliest images here are from before I got an art-like job and there are a lot from the four decades I worked for a living. Not all are here, a conservative estimate of my output would be 4,000 drawings and paintings. Now there is a growing collection of work from after that.
Note: While I say I’m retired, I’m still making art though not so much with Adobe products. I am still willing to make a drawing—digital or analog—or even teach a class, but only if the offer suits me. Feel free to ask.
2018-present: Retired from merely work-for-a-living activities. Moved back to the Midwest (USA)
2001-2018: Adjunct faculty then adjunct professor at an east coast university, teaching assorted digital graphics skills (Adobe products, mostly) to undergrads. I designed—and redesigned as the programs were updated or replaced—my own courses for both face to face and online sections.
2012: Earned M.Ed. in applied technology.
1981-2012: Illustrator /designer at a Mid-Atlantic “metro” newspaper: Computers invaded the newsroom in the late ’80s, then Photoshop, etc. took over the art department in the mid ’90s. I continued to design pages and make illustrations, but with mouse and monitor not pen and paper. Most of my work was for the print product, but by the ’00s, it often found its way to the website as well. When my job was to be outsourced I took the company up on an early-retirement offer.
1975-1981: Artist at a mid-sized New England newspaper: I designed pages and made illustrations that were both satisfying artistically and put food on the table. Even then the skill sets required to do this were changing all the time, but keeping up was half the fun—back then anyway.
1970-1975: Artist/designer at a couple of Midwestern job shops and ad agencies: I designed pages and made illustrations there. I freelanced too and began, in earnest, to draw for/about myself experimenting with all sorts of techniques.
1970: Earned B.A. in fine arts.
1966-1970: I began as an industrial design major in a large Midwestern university slowly moving towards the artier side. I learned the traditional graphic arts in class and more cutting-edge commercial techniques at the student newspaper.
1962-1966: In my suburban high school I was an average college-prep student who did surprisingly well on standardized tests. The only art I made, I made for and by myself—you know what public school art classes are like. I was on the swim team and a drummer in a rock band—but weren’t we all?
Before that: If you go back far enough, all my progenitors were puritan farmers. My parents were among the first of them to get college degrees. My father was an engineer; my mother’s degree was in nutrition. Their avocations were photography and painting respectively. They accepted and encouraged, again respectively, my leanings toward a career in art.