ABOUT

ABOUT

Hello & thanks for visiting my website!

Before becoming an illustrator five years ago, I worked as a printmaker in Los Angeles, a technical assistant to visiting resident artists in western New York, and as a college art instructor around southern California. I've also worked in a parade float warehouse in Oregon, as a museum security guard in Orange County, and in a staggering assortment of food service situations all over the place.

I studied Studio Art at Alfred University, SUNY Buffalo and UC Irvine. I was fortunate to work with such luminaries as Charles Bernstein, Peer Bode, Tony Conrad, Joseph Scheer, Jessie Shefrin, and Yvonne Rainer.

I now work as both a commercial and fine artist and volunteer art instructor to first and second graders. I use traditional materials and digital methods to create my work. When making my cut-outs by hand, I use gouache and assorted papers. Both the paper cut-outs and digital work address the ephemerality that defines consciousness and the fragility of identity. In my drawings, tentative characters experience and negotiate varying degrees of anxiety and disorientation with the everyday. My work ranges from exploring notions of alienation, loss and pathos, to exemplifying a more silly, absurd, and (nervous) humor. I also play the cello...hmm. I live in southern California with a Canadian English professional and our Canadamerican 7-year old.

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My mother's parents, after immigrating to the U.S. from Russia in the early 20th century, eventually settled in North Hollywood, where they raised four daughters. My mom's sisters had a penchant for appearing on game shows, some of which included The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, Let's Make a Deal, and Wheel of Fortune. In 1979 my aunts convinced my mom and dad to join them on the The Family Feud; they lost. I was in 2nd grade.

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One of my earliest pieces is a drawing of ballerinas performing a questionable number at a recital.


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NEWS
My latest cut-paper illustration for The New York Times Book Review, May 21, 2017

My new graphic design and vector-based illustration can be seen here and here

An interview on the Other People's Pixels Blog!


PRESS AND AWARDS
Interview on the OPP blog
American Illustration 35, selected
Recipient of the Arts Council for Long Beach 2015-2016 Professional Artist Fellowship
Featured in Altpick.com's Newsletter
American Illustration 32, selected
It's Nice That
ARTNAU
Illustration Friday
Old Robot (in Russian)
An interview


MY CLIENTS INCLUDE
The New York Times
Air France Magazine
Food52
Dove Self-Esteem Project
The Rumpus
Midnight Breakfast
L.A. Record
Earthly Circuits
Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers (L.R.S.D.)



*photo credit Logan Esdale