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As many artists, I found myself consumed with drawing and painting at a very young age. I entered The Hussian School of Art of Philadelphia in the fall of 1990 where I quickly became an Honor Roll student as regular on both the Dean's & President's Lists. In my four years at Hussian, I was the winner of many academic awards in both graphic design and illustration including the 1992 Honors Project. My senior year I was the recipient of the prestigious Mae Katherine Gerhard Memorial Scholarship, The Hussian Illustration award as well as the Hussian Academic Achievement award. In 1994 I graduated among the top of my class as a member of the Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society.
As so often is the case, the road to a career as a illustrator is not always a direct one. I began my professional career working as a Graphic Designer with a small advertising agency in South Jersey. It was here that I gained my first professional illustration work which included my first foray into the professional sports world when I worked closely with Steve Sabol to illustrate the cover to NFL Films 1995 Road To The Super Bowl video.
In 1996 I accepted a position with TYCO Toys where my creative versatility enabled me to work in a variety of areas from both product & package design to brand identity as well as illustration. In 1997 TYCO was purchased by Mattel, Inc where I would continue my award winning work as I received multiple company wide awards including Mattel's 'Standing Ovation' for my innovative work on the Matchbox 'Street Chess' line. In 1999 I achieved my first world wide exposure as a sports artist when Matchbox released the NBA collection. A series of vehicles featuring my artwork.
Since 2004 I have been working as a full time freelance artist where I quickly built a diverse client list that includes some of the biggest names in the toy, entertainment, motion picture and sports industries. Some of my clients include NHL legend Brian Propp, Former Philadelphia Flyer Riley Cote, MGM Studios, Warner Bros, Starz / Anchor Bay Ent., Learning Curve / RC2 Corp, Actors William Katt (TV's The Greatest American Hero), & Jon Cryer (TV's Two and a Half Men) and Actress / Entertainer Vanessa Williams. In February 2008 I was honored to be invited as a guest of the Philadelphia Flyers to present one of my original works of art to goaltender Ron Hextall on the night of his induction into the Flyers Hall Of Fame.
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