I was born in New York, but was promptly whisked off to Turkey, where I spent my first two years eating yogurt. From the beginning, I was surrounded by Art. My dad was an exhibition designer. Our house was full of chairs by Eames and Saarinen as well as posters by Cassandre and Jean Carlu. I have drawn all my life.
I studied Architecture at Princeton (the professional option for an artist). Senior year, I discovered, much to my family’s dismay, that painting was what I really wanted to do. For the next eight years I lived in Boston, Philadelphia and France, painting and holding various low-skilled jobs, culminating in an MFA from SUNY New Paltz.
I came to New York to paint and decided to support myself by doing illustration. I got some work from the Village Voice and took Milton Glaser’s night class at SVA. I found that I really loved design and illustration almost as much as painting. At the end of the term, amazingly, Glaser hired me to work in his studio. I worked there for five years, taking freelance illustration jobs at night; I eventually left the studio to do illustration full time.
I started doing children’s books in the mid-nineties (illustrating and, sometimes, writing as well). I have done three books in collaboration with my wife, children’s book author, Eileen Rosenthal. My book work has steadily grown. I do really enjoy this direction—I am given lots of freedom of interpretation. Also, sometimes, I get fan mail from kids.
I live in the Berkshires with Eileen, and our cat, Pete.