A New Jersey native, I received a BFA in Film and Television at New York University, and many years of instruction in drawing the human figure at the Art Students' League of New York. Excepting a brief but fruitful sojourn in a Benedictine monastery, my life has been largely occupied with studying and working in animation. Among my favorite things are musical theatre, puppetry, art museums, figure drawing, watercolor painting, Fiestaware, Italian Maiolica, English blue-and-white transferware, afternoon tea, and vegetarian cooking. Personal and liturgical prayer and meditation are essential aspects of my daily life, as well as a bit of hatha yoga.
In this mid-1990's photograph, Marge Champion, dancer and live-action model for both Snow white and the Blue Fairy, demonstrates to me how to hold my hand delicately like Snow White. Sam Levine, Sue Perrotto, and John Canemaker look on, bemused.