photos:ellen crane

Over the years I’ve mentored many students of various ages and skill levels. My aim is to create projects geared specifically for each individual. I encourage personal artistic development and I assist each artist to find the right markets for their work. I also help with specific business/marketing skills necessary to sell your work in a rapidly changing industry. Licensing can be an overwhelming area of commercial art. I review the basics of licensing contracts and professional practices needed to make any job go smoothly. My expertise in the commercial art field comes from my past experience which include:

– Over 25 years of freelance design/illustration experience.
– Full time illustrator/designer at Hallmark Cards Inc.
– Creative Director of Wall Stories.
– Teaching illustration at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
– Currently enrolled at FIT in NYC, to receive my MFA in Illustration, 2016.

If you are interested in mentoring please email me at Feel free to write a bit about yourself and your goals. Please attach a few low res files of your work and include your phone number in the email. I will email you back and we will set up an initial phone meeting so I can get a better understanding of what your needs are. I will offer options as to how we can proceed and fees involved to fit your needs. For more information down load the flyer below.
class flyer

I also offer internships to students (school credit available). If your interested in an internship please email me at You would be required to travel to my studio in Dobbs Ferry, NY. For more information on internships please download the flyer below.
internship FLYER

Recommendations are available from past students/interns. If you are a student, you might be interested in this interview.
A Student Interview


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