With a strong drive towards educational media, I have always had a desire to create conceptual and socially impactful illustrations on subjects both familiar and new. My goal is to create while learning, thus helping to teach. For the past five years, while living in California, I engaged in freelance projects including packaging design, logo creation, children’s book illustration, and UI/UX design. Upon returning to the East Coast, I have revitalized my personal work and embarked on a career in editorial illustration.
My art is a concoction of the early artistic inspiration of my uncle, David Schwanemann, mixed with the conceptual thinking of Guy Billout and Brian Stauffer. Bold primary colors alongside concise graphic imagery emanate my love for works like the WPA posters of the ’40s and marketing illustrations of Milton Glaser, Peter Max, and Saul Bass in the ’60s.
Using digital and traditional mediums, I aim to create a visual piece that while highlighting the incredible research of a writer/storyteller, will also educate and inspire the viewer.
This series is titled “Hindsight” and is an extremely personal subject I have decided to decipher onto canvas. Unfortunately, we are reminded of the horrors of gun violence too often in this country, yet only act or start debate after a tragic loss. Many times, money and personal game outweigh the safety of our population. It is our responsibility to protect the youth of this country and with every young life lost, we are not only losing a child, neighbor, or friend but squandering the potential role models and heroes of our nation.