Illustration

My portfolio prominently features iconographic images honoring their subject matter, rendered in vibrant colors and strong line work to evoke an emotional response toward those represented. Other illustrations are like a snapshot of the action, serving as a cross-section that captures the mood of a situation. Courageous and often unsung political and historical figures take center stage, as well as loving tributes to nerdy pop culture. I don’t shy away from controversial subject matter, especially when it touches me personally in some way. The seismic political events of recent months have only driven me further in outwardly expressing my heartfelt positions. As for media, I often use a hybrid of both traditional and digital means. With the advancement of digital technology, I’m able to produce traditional-looking pieces in a digital setting. My most recent “paintings” have in fact been 100% produced digitally utilizing specialized tools.

  • “The Woman Card” – featuring women who have been influential in politics, in the style of playing cards.
  • “Maimonides The Bridge” – Rabbi Mosheh Ben Maimon was a 13th century Spanish Jewish Polymath – a physician, philosopher, and rabbi, among others. He is one of the most influential people in the history of Judaism. And yet, he worked alongside and served the Muslims in the community – and he wrote in Arabic. He bridged cultures.
  • “Draw4Atena’ – Atena Farghadani is a Persian cartoonist who was imprisoned by the government. She was forbidden from drawing in prison – so she snuck in a pencil and drew a mural on flattened paper cups. The verse at the top is from the Quran that speaks of seeking justice. The #Draw4Atena campaign was held in support of her in 2015.
  • “She-Ra Stained Glass” – This stylized drawing was inspired by the show “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, one of the most joyfully queer shows ever animated.
  • “Korra and Asami Stained Glass” – this commission of Korra and Asami, two friends-turned-lovers from the animated show “The Legend of Korra,” imagines them as icons in a window.
  • Moscow Mitch
    “Moscow Mitch” – The GOP Senate Majority Leader is complicit in enabling the horrors afflicting this nation, including gun violence, concentration camps housing asylum seekers, and election interference by the Kremlin.
  • “Asenath Confronts the Fire” – this is a two-page illustration from a children’s book I wrote about Asenath Barzani, a 17th century Jewish woman considered the first woman rabbi.
  • “I Did It. (Bree Newsome)” – In 2014, activist Bree Newsome took it upon herself to climb up the pole holding the Confederate flag at the South Carolina state house and tear it down. This image of her is an homage to the famous “Rosie the Riveter” illustration.
  • “Ferdinand Carted to the Ring” – this watercolor illustration of a scene from Munro Leaf’s classic “The Story of Ferdinand” was one of several I produced for a benefit raffle.
  • “Lou” – Digital painting of an acquaintance’s poodle.
  • Bodega Cat
    Cats are famous guardians of bodega goods. The one in this digital painting is taking care of the candy supply.
  • “All Pit Bulls Deserve a Home & A Friend” – Inspired by Pixar’s short film “Kitbull,” I drew this illustration as a loving coda. Note the newspaper headline.
  • “Partisan with Lulav” – Part of a series called “Ner Tamid” (Everlasting Light), this illustration is of a Holocaust-era Jewish partisan. She holds a lulav rather than a rifle, but instead of a ceremonial etrog (citron), she holds a grenade. The words say “Let us not go like sheep to the slaughter!” And “We will outlive them”.
  • “Partisan with Pomegranates” – Part of a series called “Ner Tamid” (Everlasting Light), this illustration is of Holocaust-era Jewish partisan Sara Gaite. Her rifle is wrapped in an olive branch and rather than grenades she carries pomegranates. Top right image is a pomegranate with “BS”D” symbol, bottom left shows the New Tamid “hechsher.” Yiddish reads “All people are siblings” and “Fascism and Nazism must be smashed.”
  • “Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Pursuer of Justice” – This portrait of the late justice emphasizes her famous collar, rendered with abstract Hebrew that reads “Tzedek tzedek tirdof/Justice, justice shall you pursue”. Her Hebrew name is in dark letters below.

queer zoology series

What started with a single terrible pun and accompanying illustration blossomed into an entire series of animals and LGBTQ identities. Possibly my most popular item when I table at conventions are buttons and prints featuring these illustrations. I’ve also opened a shop that sells items featuring these designs.

As I learn more about the diversity of the animal world, I seem to always be able to come up with new puns, even when I think I’ve run out of them!


Yiddish Socialist designs

The murder of George Floyd sparked a massive call for racial and economic justice, especially for Black Americans. I drew on my Ashkenazi Left-wing heritage to process the horrors around me: these designs combine early 20th century Yiddish Socialist imagery with the Black Lives Matter movement. At the turn of the 20th century, there was a strong Leftist and workers’ movement among the Jews of Eastern Europe. It was virtually obliterated by the Holocaust, which targeted Jews most of all but also had Leftist Revolutionaries in its cross-hairs. Stalin’s USSR didn’t much tolerate Jewish activism either, and so a lot of our courageous, defiant history has been consigned to memory. I’ve created reinterpretations of these designs, which once called for the liberation of Jewish European people, to call for the liberation of Black people – and the dismantling of the systems of white supremacy that oppress both of our communities (not to mention the people who inhabit both). Merchandise featuring this work can be purchased at this store, where the great majority of profits are donated to specified non-profit organizations.

  • Philadelphia BLM/פילאדעלפיע בל’’מ – Taken from a USSR-era book, a flag with the slogan “Black Lives Matter” in Yiddish flies over the Philadelphia skyline
  • Jewish-Arab Workers Solidarity Palestine – in 1934 Palestine, the Anti-Fascist or “אנטיפא/Antifa” movement took a foothold only a year after Hitler’s rise to power. Image is from a postage stamp used by them.
  • “Hey, Hey, Daloy Politzei!” – This original illustration was inspired by early 20th c. Yiddish sheet music, and features a klezmer fiddler toppling the police next to the lyrics to a Yiddish Russian Revolution song called “Down with the Police.”
  • BLM/בל’’מ Flag – taken from a Yiddish Workers Bund poster, I replaced the letters on the flag with “BLM/בל’’מ” for “Black Lives Matter.”
  • Trans Black Lives Matter – This flag declares solidarity with the most vulnerable Black Americans, those who are transgender. Taken from a Hebrew Socialist May Day poster.
  • Black Lives Matter Flag Waver – Taken from a Yiddish Workers Bund election poster, the flag says “Black Lives Matter” and the bottom says “Jews for collective liberation and racial and economic liberation.”
  • “F— the Police!” Yelling Man – Adapted from a famous Bund election poster, the top translates to “All Police Should Go in the Ground (die),” bottom says “BLM, Abolish the police, and All cops are bastards (swine).”