BRING A SPACE TO LIFE…

"Digital Forest"
 
 

PROJECT: A MURAL FOR The Council For rELATIONSHIPS

This mural was commissioned by The Council of Relationships, a therapy center in the University City area of Philadelphia. The goal was to brighten up the waiting room with a colorful image symbolizing the positive benefits of therapy. Working closely with a team of therapists, I presented concepts and showed sketches which we discussed from stage to stage. The finished art spans a 5 by 9 feet area on the wall. It shows a female therapist guiding her patient down a wide river, through rocky rapids into calm waters, symbolizing the initial work and struggles and eventual healing involved in the process of therapy. The many shades of green, cheerful yellows and cool, soothing blues in the scene create a calming and positive feeling.  My many detailed, somewhat abstract textures throughout the image offer the viewer’s eyes many places to wander, stimulating the imagination and enhancing peaceful meditation.

 
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 The image was created digitally and printed onto a large canvas, then stretched onto a wooden frame, and mounted flush onto the wall.



 

PROJECT: YALE NEW HAVEN HOSPITAL

I was commissioned by art consultant Nancy Samotis to design art for the entire wing of the new musculoskeletal department at the Yale New Haven hospital in Connecticut. The challenge was to show the human body in motion, uniquely combining textures and colors and bright colors to convey a positive, healing message.

The Grand entrance opens with a duratran diptych

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We needed an impressive entrance to the wing. The goal was to come up with something that conveys the ideas of motion and technology, with a contemporary feeling.  I created two long horizontal images for the nurse's station that are very colorful and vibrantly backlit, digitally printed and mounted in 64” wide duratrans light boxes.  The opening pieces were inspired by da Vinci's "The Vitruvian Man".

FRAMED CIGLEE PRINTS FOR THE HALLWAYS

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Walking down the hallways, you can see a different image at the end of every corridor and on the walls between patients’ rooms.  I created large giclee prints for this purpose, 40 inches wide x 30 inches high. Each piece has its own colors and expresses its own healing message.

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It was important to convey the idea of strength and healing.  One image is of a man in a wheelchair, with his hand raised in victory. Another shows an older woman working with a physical therapist to get better.  We wanted to keep it very positive; symbols of hope and healing.

 
 

WHAT I DO: ART AND ILLUSTRATION

As a professional illustrator, I have over 23 years of experience working closely with art directors and editors, who like my particular way of capturing an idea, or telling a visual story.   I have completed over 3,000 commissioned projects for major publications, including my weekly illustrations for The Economist Magazine, as well as my work for The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Random House, Farrar Straus & Giroux, and Adobe, among many others. Communication with the creative team is a fundamental part of my creative process.  I take utmost pleasure in capturing an idea that we all get excited about. 

 
 

PROJECT: Pediatric center - ART FOR CHILDREN

I was commissioned to create a triptych of three colorful, fantasy images for the Pediatric Center at Yale New Haven Hospital, with the theme of travel and imagination. The pieces are 28" high x 40" wide, printed on Hahnemühle 100% cotton rag paper with archival inks. They are signed, matted and framed.

"Flying Over the World"

My idea was to symbolize hope and healing for children who are battling cancer, while offering art that stimulates the imagination. In this image, the little plane is bandaged together.  It has been through a lot, but now it is flying high above the world, happy and strong.  It can do anything.  

"Land of the Fishermen"

The plane flies over magical landscapes, with many colors, animals, people, bugs and boats. Children love details….

 

"The Horseback Rider"

The horse in”The Horseback Rider” is made of puzzle pieces. The rider is strong and confident.  Together they can travel anywhere they need to go.  To me, it symbolizes how our minds can help us overcome the obstacles we may face.  

 

 

 

 PROJECT: TRYPTICH for the McGivney Surgical Center

This mural-sized project was commissioned for the halls of the new McGivney surgical center in Connecticut.  The art involves three related images, representing a patient’s progress from the healing stage to normal activity.  We were going for something colorful and uplifting, full of life and motion, and suggesting the idea of family, outdoors, and joie de vivre.

1. "FRESH START"

2. "LAUNCHING"

3. "FLYING"

 

ART FOR THE HOME AND OFFICE

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Landscapes

Here are few samples of ambient landscapes that will make a wonderful addition to a future space. There are many more where this came from.