Theme Park Design

Before I started painting for gallery shows and became an illustrator/author I worked in the themed entertainment industry at WDI (walt disney imagineering) and Universal Creative (the theme park design division of universal studios). I am very grateful and thankful to have had the experience of working at both places, as they provided some of the best times of my career and were great places to learn and grow as a designer.  I'm fortunate to still receive opportunities to continue designing for the themed entertainment industry and film as a consultant, something I very much enjoy doing.

The Answer

This past month I have been inundated via email and in person regarding what many of you have called “a noticeable change at Lunar Boy Gallery.” Maybe this influx is the result of my recent and final show at the gallery during the month of October. The answer for this change is simple, I no longer own Lunar Boy Gallery. I sold my interest in the gallery almost a year and a half ago.

To allow the new owner a chance to get her bearings, she asked me not to make an announcement after the sale, however, given the length of time which has passed and having so many of ask of the drastic change, it is time to make very clear, I am no longer involved or affiliated with Lunar Boy Gallery in any way and no longer show my work in the gallery as an artist. Any noticeable change in the gallery since my leaving is the result of Lunar Boy's new owner taking the gallery in a noticeably different direction, away from my original vision and concept established for Lunar Boy Gallery.

I want to thank all of you for letting me know how much you enjoyed and now miss the original Lunar Boy Gallery I was part of creating. It was a fun chapter in my life, which is now closed. Here’s to the excitement of new and healthier chapters in the future.

Oh yes, thank you for letting me know you miss what one of you called, "the MACY'S style windows" I created.  I will miss creating and sharing those windows.

Happy Hallowe'en

Spooktacular Hallowe'en Wishes to fellow ghost, gobblins and all other creatures that go bump in the night. Enjoy this day of ghoulish celebration!

Skelly the Skeleton Girl Reading at Powell's Books

On Monday, October 29 I had a book reading and signing of Skelly the Skeleton Girl at Powell's Books. The staff at Powell’s was great. They had everything set up and ready to go and the event was a lot of fun.

I enlisted the help of Veronica from the audience to be my page-turner, as I read Skelly aloud. 

One of the many things I enjoy at readings and signings is the Q & A session. It gives me a chance to address specific questions of interest to those who are in attendance. One thing always happens during these sessions, as soon as children realize I will answer questions, they raise their hands.  They get so excited by the fact if they raise their I'll answer their question, the forget to think of a question. The result is "Um . . . Um" or "I was wondering . . . . I was wondering . . . " until they figure out something to ask. It really is cute.  I say, keep raising the hands and the questions will follow.

It was great signing and I want to thank Powell’s Books and everyone there who made me feel at home for the event. I also want to thank everyone who attended to the event, I am grateful you did so.

This is Veronica, my page-turner while I read Skelly the Skeleton Girl.

The little boy to my right, was so excited to ask me question after question and even more excited to see me writing his name in his new book.

Skelly The Skeleton Girl Snowflake For a Cure

I am grateful to have been asked to participate in Robert’s Snow: for Cancer Cure. This is a unique fundraising event in which selected children’s book illustrators are asked to create a snowflake ornament to be auctioned. Participating artist donate all proceeds from the auction/sale of their snowflakes to the Danna-Farber Cancer Institute in an effort which raises money to fund research in the quest for a cure of cancer. This is my snowflake titled “Skelly’s Wish” for the 2007 auction. This link, ROBERT’S SNOW, will take you to the home page for this event where you can view all of the snowflakes and learn how you can participate in this years auction.

Skelly The Skeleton Girl

My newest book, "Skelly the Skeleton Girl" (published by Simon & Schuster), is doing very well. Skelly was featured in the New York Times on October 14 in the Book Review section. The whole Skelly project was a lot of fun to create from the story, design and final execution of the final illustrations. I couldn’t be happier knowing "Skelly the Skeleton Girl" is resonating with so many people. Who 
knows . . . maybe Skelly will be telling another story in the future with a friend or two.

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