Another Art Supply Store Closes

Another Art Supply Store Closes

It was with sadness that I went downtown to Jerrys New York Central on 4th Avenue to grab what was left at the closing sale.  Jerry’s was one of the last remaining art supply stores in Manhattan that had salespeople who know about the inventory and a friendly...
Urban Sketching in Porto and Madrid

Urban Sketching in Porto and Madrid

Getting to Portugal for the international Urban Sketchers Symposium was not difficult, but demanded some tricky connections as I started off from Maine.  So I took a ride on an 8 seater Cessna from Rockland to Boston where I caught a flight to Madrid.  I was able to...
A Sketch of My Nobel Prize Winning Professor

A Sketch of My Nobel Prize Winning Professor

As an undergraduate ‘pre-med’ student at Brandeis University, my major was molecular biology.  I completed my senior thesis with a brilliant professor named Mike Rosbash who taught my genetics class.  After graduation, I stayed in his lab, taking a year off doing...
Rediscovering my Art Supplies in the Arizona Desert

Rediscovering my Art Supplies in the Arizona Desert

In 2012 I rediscovered my art supplies that were in storage for years, and decided to get reacquainted. So I threw sketchbooks, pens, and paints into a backpack and flew to Phoenix, rented a car, and drove out to the desert to commune with the warm sun, cactuses, and...
Poetry in the Subway

Poetry in the Subway

The New York City subway is not the place you’d expect poetry, but I try to capture it in my art.  I carry my sketchbooks every day down under the streets as I commute back and forth to work.  My on-the-spot sketches are done in pencil, fountainpen, ink markers,...
New Year’s Day Sketching the Q Train Inaugural Ride

New Year’s Day Sketching the Q Train Inaugural Ride

New Year’s Day was a rare opportunity to participate in the opening of a new subway station.  The Q line now starts at 96th Street and stops at 86th Street and 72nd – all new stations – before heading toward Coney Island.  After years of construction...