About two and a half years ago, I started on a journey to see if a period of study, after being a freelance illustrator for more than 25 years, would have an overall positive effect on my life and my work as an artist. The adventure culminated a few weeks ago with an exhibition at the University of Hartford and my completion of the MFA in Illustration program at Hartford Art School. I cannot speak highly enough about what this has meant to me - on so many levels. And, as many commencement speeches drone on and on about - while graduations do mark the end of something, its almost more of a beginning of the next stage of growth - the building of a new foundation from which to continue and grow as an illustrator. It has been an inspiring trip!
The biggest challenge was trying to create as much new ‘school’ work as possible - within the time constraints of a usually full assignment schedule. This caused some pressure, especially in the last six months or so. But, somehow you carve extra time out of each day and keep movin’.
Here is a collection of some of the work I included in the recent exhibition. (A few you might have seen...).
I created an illustration promotion... disguised as series of greeting cards (thats why the titles on some). Just email your address if you want a boxed set (6 cards and envelopes). I’ll be mailing these to wonderful art directors in September.