About

I have known from the first time I picked up a crayon that I wanted to be an artist. In 1992, I received Bachelor of Arts with honors with concentrations in Graphic Design, and Drawing & Painting from LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia. That same year enrolled in the Illustration program at Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating in 1994 winning several awards and honors. I was soon hired as an on staff illustrator for a small design firm for a year and a half, then struck out on my own. From 1998-2012 I taught and shared my craft as an adjunct Illustration Professor. Now for the past 20+ years I have tremendously enjoyed being able to pursue my love for art professionally as an Illustrator and Graphic Designer. I work/play from my home studio near Atlanta, GA.

2017 Resume
Awards

Society of Illustrators LA, ‘Crispin and the Great Tree’
2nd Place – ArtWanted.com, ‘Mixed-Media’ art contest
Wall of Outstanding Alumni Award– LaGrange College
Silver Medal, Western English Trade Assoc. Awards, Equestrian Retailer magazine
1st Place- ArtWanted.com, ‘Religious Easter’ art contest
Top 10 list for “Poser’s Best of the Best Contest for 2005
Honorable Mention – 1st Annual Surrealism Today Digital Art Contest – Juried contest
1st Place- ArtWanted.com, ‘Digital Christmas’ art contest
1st Place – ArtWanted.com, ‘Matter of Time’ Illustration contest
Communication Arts, 2003 Illustration Annual, for VFW magazine cover
Golden Web Awards, winner
National Volunteer of the Year Award, Graphic Artists Guild
Design Excellence, Print magazines, Regional Design Annual
Merit, HOW magazines, International Annual of Design
Best Magazine Cover, Atlanta Journal & Constitution
Gold Addy, state and Southeast region, AAF billboard series for Alltell Mobile
Featured billboard ad in Art Direction Magazine, Art Director, Mike Weed
Best of Show, Illustration program, Portfolio Center


Articles

Drawing Inspiration: Visual Artists At Work, by Michael Fleishman, My work and quotes – 12-2010
Undercutting – Oz Magazine, interview + cover, 2005, 2006 and 2009
Radio Sandy Springs Interview, Following Your Passions – June 2008
SCAD Atlanta: District and Connector Magazines – Take Action: Don’t Let Congress Orphan Your Work – 05-2008
New Web Pick E-Zine Interview – Issue 11: Pure World – 08-2007
Computer Arts Magazine – Making Stock Pay, Issue 126 – Fall 2006
Computer Arts Projects – Illustration – Featured Illustrations and Bio – Issue 79 – 12-2005
Step-By-Step Electronic Design – Technique how-to article – 10-1999
Graphic Artists Guild – Atlanta Chapter – Several articles in the web site and newsletter – 1999-2004
Starting your Career as a Freelance Illustrator or Graphic Designer, by Michael Fleishman, My work and quotes – 05- 2008


Gallery Shows

Wonderland Show, Kai Lin Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA – 12-2009
eMotion Pictures
, juried show, Chicago, IL – 04-2008
7th Annual Judeo-Christian Art Juried Online International Exhibition,
Upstream People Gallery, all 5 pieces accepted – 04-2005 – 04-2006
Faculty Exhibition, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA – 08-2005
Faculty Exhibition, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA – 08-2004
Faculty Exhibition, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA – 02-2004
The Art? Show, Bluemilk Gallery, Atlanta, GA – 09-2001
Wired Designs and Gallery, Marietta, GA – 11-1999
Shirley Fox Studio, Atlanta, GA – 04-1995


Artist Statement

The possibilities are boundless, crafting and drafting a vision for another and learning about an array of different subjects are some of the important reasons why I love creating and teaching illustration. I’m a strong believer in giving my client what they want and with my 20+ years of image making expertise added to the project to go beyond their expectations. Every job I take on is not dictated by forcing only my vision of the solution, but the smart and appropriate team solution to the problem. Whether it’s digital or traditional realism, surrealism, whimsical, narrative, or technical or anything in between I love the variety of each image I create. My reward is the satisfaction of the my client and personal growth in concept and technique. That is why my portfolio shows my strength of diversity in approach and style. Because of the variety of jobs in almost every illustration market  I was able to give back to the community of other passionate artists through teaching them my professional experience at SCAD and Portfolio Center in Atlanta, GA. Feel free to contact me about your next project or employment position.

2017 Resume