ABOUT

ABOUT

Hello & thanks for visiting my website!

I work as an illustrator and fine artist. I use traditional materials (assorted papers, gouache, pencil) and digital methods (Photoshop and Illustrator) to create my work. In both the paper cut-outs and digital work I tend to gravitate towards explorations of alienation, pathos, and the fragility of identity, while counterbalancing those concepts with absurdity and humor. In my drawings, tentative characters experience and negotiate varying degrees of anxiety and disorientation with the everyday, expressing mystified, existential dilemmas.

Currently I am illustrating and writing two children's books, volunteering as an art instructor for elementary school children, and am an avid, though clumsy, cellist. I live in southern California with a Canadian English professional and our Canadamerican 7-year old.

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Additional & vital biographical notes:
One of my earliest pieces is a drawing of ballerinas performing an ungainly number.

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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 and grandmother – along with my my mom and dad – appeared as contestants on the The Family Feud; they lost. I was in 2nd grade.

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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.

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NEWS
Cut-paper illustrations for Moving Image Arts website, Plymouth University (forthcoming)

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
Plymouth University
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