Johnny Hart did this “photo” of me. It was me when I was much younger and much prettier than I now am. I now look like a mean old man. I’m not mean, but, well, I was born March 8, 1948. So there that goes.
I was born in Italy, lived most of my life all over Brooklyn, NY, a couple years in Connecticut, and now spend time in Calgary, and California. For those of you who know my Mom, she is, as of October 6, 2022, 102 years old, and still the cute little old Italian lady whom you knew. More so, actually.
I retired from teaching at the School of Visual Arts in 2015, having taught there since 1974. Got my MFA there (Robert McGinnis was my thesis advisor). I now almost exclusively do paintings and portraits (all mediums, but mostly acrylics). The accompanying painting was a sketch I did, with casein. The casein was against my “religion” (I’m otherwise still as absolute-vegan as our species and other realities allow), but the painting zipped out so quick and easy, I just love it. It was one of two contributions I made toward NCSs efforts to help bring some relief to the peoples who suffered the hurricanes in Puerto Rico, and mainland south/east U.S. (my other contribution was one of my Tarzan ink drawings for the character’s 100th).
My fame, such as it is, came from having written and drawn Batman & other DC characters, and Archie Comics.
Contrary to popular “wisdom”, since 1967, I continue to become increasingly Liberal, ideologically. I miss teaching. And I miss “hanging” with all my NCS and Society of Illustrators sisters and brothers. Such is life.
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