Category Archives: BIOGRAPHICAL

#54 INTERVIEW WITH A FOOD ARTIST

I have gotten satisfaction from experiences in my career where there wasn’t any monetary compensation. This post is an example of that. Continue reading

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#52 BEING OPEN

Being open are two simple words that have had a huge impact on my life. Creating “Illustrating My Life” gave me such an expansive feeling and the connections I made with people who found my blog were inspiring. For me, that was priceless! Continue reading

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#30 DRAWING LESSONS FROM MY STUDENTS

During the time that I was an illustration instructor, I became quite busy with my freelance career. It seemed like a logical idea to employ some of my students to help me when I became “overloaded.” I had worked briefly for another illustrator, so I understood the value in helping to mentor my students while at the same time benefiting from reducing any work that could be delegated.
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#17 TEACHING AND LEARNING

I enjoyed teaching illustration to college students when I was an instructor twenty-five years ago. When I was teaching in the mid-1980’s, I devoted myself to creating demonstrations and I freely shared my techniques. My students utilized a multi-step process I developed. By using the same materials I used and following my process, their results were consistently successful. Continue reading

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#4 MY TEACHER AND INSPIRATION IN MY LIFE

With only a fair mastery of watercolors, I enrolled in my first illustration class. I was blown away that the instructor was quite an established illustrator. She was an editorial artist, and almost every Sunday I would see her drawings in the Los Angeles Times editorial section. Her name was Nancy Ohanian. Continue reading

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#3 ILLUSTRATING MY LIFE LESSONS THROUGH ART

My motto as an illustrator has always been “whatever works.” But my paintings always started out as a way to match a color and/or texture that was on my photo-referenc Continue reading

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#2 MY AMAZING JOURNEY

I discovered mazes. I would draw the mazes while I was in class, and whenever I was bored. My mazes were used in the yearbooks at my school. I discovered random patterns to fill up the space. I began by filling up abstract designs with elaborate mazes. Observers said my mazes looked like brains or intestines! Continue reading

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