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Friday Food 4 Thought: Being a Trojan Horse

0 - Published March 13, 2015 by in

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – John Wooden (Former UCLA Basketball Coach) I was never too concerned that people wouldn’t recognize me as an artist right away.  At first glance, they might think […]

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Friday Food 4 Thought: So what if there’s snow?!

0 - Published March 6, 2015 by in ,

It’s been a crazy winter, at least up here in the northeast!  And they said it was the coldest February to date.  I couldn’t believe the recent college lacrosse games on TV played in the snow (Hofstra/Princeton & Yale/St. John’s)?  But it made me proud of lacrosse players, in general – especially in the winter snow! […]

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The Making of the Shot Trainer by Crankshooter

0 - Published March 3, 2015 by in , , , , , , , ,

“It is not only one person’s work, it’s really a partnership and collaboration during all these years.” – Christo (Artist) It’s funny how the most popular image in my portfolio, ‘Crank’ shares the same word in the company name that produced the product of the year for my business, as 2014 was coming to a close.  It’s […]

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Friday Food 4 Thought: Coach/Player

0 - Published February 27, 2015 by in , , ,

  My grade school in NYC needed an art teacher fast, so they got in touch with me and asked.  With the offer came other responsibilities such as academic advisor, and school publications designer.  I was busy.  Just before spring break the school’s head lacrosse coach had to take time off for paternity leave, and I was […]

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The Making of the “Brain Bucket”

0 - Published December 5, 2014 by in , , , , , , ,

This new piece is a throwback for us “old-schoolers”.  Looking back, I can’t believe I endured wearing such a heavy piece of equipment on my head.  But its was the standard back then, and so common – the norm!  Mine, like 99.7% of lacrosse players back then, was the LHN 33 by the now nonexistent, Bacharach […]

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The Making of “Made in NYC”.

0 - Published October 10, 2014 by in , , , , , ,

“We’re from New York City.” That was the direct response from both my friend and myself, when asked where we were from while backpacking around Europe, summer of 2000.  Not “America”, or the “U.S.”, but “New York City”.  I told my friend to carefully observe their faces when we said that, because it was like a surprise to […]

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Flashback Friday & Friday Food 4 Thought: Being Serious

0 - Published September 19, 2014 by in , , , , , , , ,

“If you take it seriously, they will take you seriously.”  -Tom LaPadula  In grade school, I made sure requirements were met on time.  But that didn’t mean I enjoyed every subject I had.  I was a doodler in class.  Occasionally, or A LOT of times, I would discreetly draw in my notebooks when a class […]

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The Making of “Patient. Persistent. Proficient.”

0 - Published August 22, 2014 by in , , , , , ,

“If you can’t draw hands and feet at this stage, you’re basically F_cked!”   Those were exactly the first words from my professor who taught ‘New Directions in Illustration’ class the first day of the spring semester, of my junior year at The Pratt Institute in 1999.  I had my fair share of sport coaches who threw F-bombs […]