Notes from an Artistic Journey

Bela de Tirefort – A Forgotten New York Artist

Bela de Tirefort – A Forgotten New York Artist

Years ago while browsing a second-hand store I became entranced by a moody oil painting of a tugboat with a silhouette of lower Manhattan in the background. The painting was covered in grime and might have decorated a smoky bar that served longshoremen who worked the waterfront. I couldn’t recognize the signature that was partially hidden by the frame, and never identified the artist… until now.

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Eisenberg’s To Reopen!

Eisenberg’s To Reopen!

Once the busiest lunch counter in Manhattan's Flatiron District, Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop closed earlier this year as a casualty of the Pandemic.  But I just got the happy news that it will be reopening under new owners.  This was a great place to sketch while...

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Medical Care in the Nursing Home on the Cover of JAGS

Medical Care in the Nursing Home on the Cover of JAGS

Over the years I photographed hundreds of older adults with the goal of challenging stereotypes while presenting a humanistic perspective of aging.  The new Ars Longa section is meant to showcase cultural and artistic approaches to aging and the care of older people, and I am glad to have my work published in this forum. 

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Sketching the Benin Bronzes at the Met

Sketching the Benin Bronzes at the Met

Standing silently while sketching in the empty gallery, it is difficult to imagine the majesty and meaning once held by these sculptures.  There is no better example of the mystery and power of art, and how it reflects on both the highest and lowest ideals of humanity. 

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Art, Medicine, and Inspiration

Art, Medicine, and Inspiration

When growing up our family doctor had a set of prints on the wall of his waiting room that depicted scenes from a doctor’s life.  As a child I climbed on a chair to study details which stirred the inspiration that governed my life’s direction to pursue both art and medicine. 

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