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.
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.