This Week’s Member Focus Round-Up :: Tom Michas, Renee Rhyner, Clay Patrick McBride, Arlen Schumer

Each week we feature an Altpick member each day on the homepage and this week the 4 members included: photographer Tom Michas, artist rep Renee Rhyner & Company, photographer Clay Patrick McBride and Illustrator/Designer Arlen Schumer.  

Enjoy the weekend!  Happy July 4th!

Photographer Tom Michas

Photographer ©Tom Michas

Photographer ©Tom Michas

Artist Rep Renee Rhyner & Company

Photographer ©Beth Perkins

Artist Rep Renee Rhyner & Company

Photographer Clay Patrick McBride

Photographer ©Clay Patrick McBride

Photographer @Clay Patrick McBride

Illustrator/Designer Arlen Schumer

Illustrator/Designer ©Arlen Schumer

Illustrator/Designer ©Arlen Schumer

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Dreaming of the Future: Memories of Milton Glaser, Broccoli Rabe and Design

by Clare Ultimo

No doubt there are many people talking about Milton Glaser right now. He loomed large in the world of communication, design, illustration, and art (his work is at the Louvre after all). I’m sure there will be lots more discussion about his influence on American and International design culture in the months to come. Milton was a formidable presence in the world of design, and I have had the good fortune of spending time with him through the years and learning a lot from his uncommon wisdom and brilliant mind.

Like many young designers in the 1980s, and before the digital age, I first came to know Glaser’s work through magazines like “Graphis” and “Communication Arts”, through his time with Seymour Chwast, Pushpin Studios and of course books published about his work, outlining what seemed like his best projects at that time. The books were compelling visual experiences outlining his thought process and the fortunate intersection of a good idea, a good client, and a successful production.

But what I was seeing at that time, and particularly admired about him early on, was his inability to see any limitations in the world of design. For Glaser, design didn’t stop at illustration, or posters or packages or logos or magazines. Milton designed storefronts, lamps, and supermarkets, right down to the cat food cans. I didn’t know too many designers at the time that did this, so his work left a big impression on my young mind. At the time, I was working as an Assistant at a media company, one of 25 people in the Art Department, dreaming of a future where I would do something like Glaser was doing. No idea how I would do that, but dreaming nonetheless.

Many are familiar with an evening course Glaser taught at SVA called “Design and Personality’ which I took for Fall and Spring semesters in 1984. Those that know this class, will remember an assignment given to “Visualize your Work Life Five Years From Now – write about it in as much detail as you can and bring in a piece of work that you will be creating at that time”. As Milton announced this, the class revolted: “How can we imagine something we have not worked on yet?” “How do I know what I’ll be doing in five years?” But I was excited about it…using our creative imaginations for our futures. I thought it was a magical kind of idea and little did I know it would set my entire life in a new direction.

What I imagined was having my own design studio someday, detailing as much as I could about it, describing myself down to the white jumpsuit I was wearing on that particular day, and amazingly enough, less than two years later, without a dime in my pocket or any clients to start with, this imaginary design studio became real (sans the white jumpsuit, however). In my assignment, I even said I had help at the beginning (having no idea where it would come from at the time). Somehow, a typesetter on 34 street (Lance Booth) offers me free rent in his office for 6 months to get started. It was hard, it was scary, but it was pretty magical.

Once I saw this little assignment become my reality, I reached out to Milton to tell him my story. Of course, he had already heard this from many others who had taken his class. In fact, he said that when he began to give the assignment, he didn’t specify “work” life and so people were coming back to tell him how their “whole” life had changed because of his assignment; how they left their wife/husband, moved to Italy or some such place, gave up drinking, gave up design and started a horse farm, etc. He said these were major life changes and since people were attributing those changes to his assignment and to him, he began to say specifically ”work-life”. “I didn’t want that responsibility” he laughed.

In that initial meeting, I figured I would take the opportunity to ask him how to maintain standards in the work we did, despite dumb clients and low budgets. I will never forget what he said. “A lot of things have to work together in our profession for a project to be successful. A brilliant idea isn’t enough; your talent isn’t even enough. Graphic Design is a humble profession. There are all kinds of things that affect the end result of your idea, including budgets and production expertise. It all has to come together to make the thing great. It doesn’t always. We’re not brain surgeons after all. Don’t forget that.”

By 1988, lunches, letters, and postcard exchanges began to happen, and over the next 20 years, I would find myself at some restaurant looking at Milton across the table: me, a rookie design entrepreneur with a lot to learn, and a lot of mistakes to make. And while I was thrilled to have opportunities to talk with him and get his advice, I don’t think I ever stopped feeling intimidated by the respect he received from so many and the huge range of work he was continually creating. The man never stopped working, even up until the end.

While I never considered this a “friendship” in the classical sense, it was the most important student/teacher relationship I have ever had. Even though I respected him, I enjoyed a kind of informality that seemed unique, though I’m sure others would have similar stories about Milton.

He was quick to correct my pronunciation of words in conversation (which always embarrassed me). He told me to stop fidgeting once, at a restaurant (me…mortified since I didn’t realize I was fidgeting). At the now-defunct “Coffee Shop” on 16th Street, I blurted out why he insisted on combining the weirdest colors (evergreen – navy blue – gold) in his apparel (quote me: “what’s with these colors Milton?”) He said he liked them and besides, he knew they bothered other designers (like me)!

He always seemed curious; he always asked great questions that kept me thinking long after he was gone. Once, in a conversation about Western religious ideas and God (yes, he had a lot to say about such things) he asked, “So what is the point of Purgatory anyway?” I explained what I knew, being a Catholic, but I remember laughing because no matter what I said, he was shaking his head in disbelief. Nonetheless, he continued to question me, and I took that as an example of what great designers did – they asked questions. Clearly, he liked to entertain ideas he was not familiar with. He would observe random things, everyday things, as though they were new. He would say things like “I’m watching TV in a dark room and thinking, what IS this thing, this blue rectangle we are all staring at? What is this glowing light we are all mesmerized with?” Stuff like that.

Then, when my mother was dying, he said something truly unusual, something I have never heard before from anyone about death. I asked him for some way to deal with her inevitable passing, and he said ”When my mother was dying, I would look at my hands when I woke up, to make sure they were there.” The death of a parent is psychically disorienting (especially if you were very close, as I was to my mom), this was a way of reminding ourselves that we have the power to create something new, even when things around us are ending. Artists looking at their hands…it gave me an entirely different perspective on the whole thing.

Almost every conversation happened over a table filled with food. Of course, everyone knows Milton was a “foodie” so he always knew what the best stuff was on any menu, no matter what kind of cuisine it was. (Another reason why lunch with him was so enlightening). He told me to order the Broccoli Rabe and Pasta when we were at Trattoria Dell’Arte, the Lentilles soup at an east side French bistro and seemed to really like my mother’s homemade Strufoli, which I gave him at Christmas for many years. I paid attention to his knowledge about food, lest we forget he pioneered the enjoyment of local dives and cheap amazing meals in NYC with a paperback bestseller “The Underground Gourmet” in the 1970s.

Once we were walking down Lexington Avenue and we passed Kalustyan’s, an international food shop. He motioned to go in and said “I want to show you something”, so I followed him. He took me over to a wall of bins with loose beans, peas, nuts, and fresh spices neatly stacked up, one above the other. He looked at the beans, looked back at me, and said, “Only God can make such colors. Do you see them?” But I just stood there, not knowing what to say, made a little nod and weak smile, and felt really uncomfortable. I wanted to say something smart in response, but couldn’t think of anything. Fortunately, he left and started walking around the store when I thought, “oh, I know what I’ll do, I’ll buy him a gift from this place”. I got him a pastry and felt relieved when we left. Hours later, after we said goodbye, the simplest thing hit me. I realized he just wanted to show how color was a real thing, made in nature before any artist recreated it, how important and beautiful that was. Eyes of an artist. It wasn’t so difficult to understand, and there was me trying to be so clever in front of the chickpeas!

In my life, Milton personified the qualities of a true artist and a great teacher. Others who knew him in a different way might have other stories to tell, and that’s all right. I will be forever grateful for the time I spent in his company and the short time I had to enjoy his thoughts. Now that he is no longer around, there are a few things I will always remember that he told me long ago:

  1. Stay curious
  2. The right questions are more valuable than the right answers.
  3. Apply ruthless examination to topics you think you know (i.e. you will always be learning, so don’t be a smartass!)

And finally…life requires “coraggio”. Milton often ended his letters to me with this word, which is “courage” in Italian. In the mad, cutthroat world of NY design, this word reminded me to be hopeful. It was worth a lot.

God bless you in Design Heaven, Milton. Hope you are hanging with interdimensional friends, having a good time. You will be missed but never forgotten.

To see more of Milton Glaser and Clare Ultimo’s work, please visit their websites:

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This Week’s Member Focus Round-Up::Donna Wilson, Skizzomat Studio, Eric Fennell, Kristine Lombardi

This week’s Member Focus Round-Up includes artists Donna Wilson, Skizzomat Studio, Eric Fennell and Kristine Lombardi.  Please enjoy!

Illustrator Kristine Lombardi

Illustrator ©Kristine Lombardi

Illustrator ©Kristine Lombardi

Photographer Eric Fennell

Photographer ©Eric Fennell

Photographer ©Eric Fennell

Illustrator Donna Wilson

Illustrator Donna Wilson

Illustrator Donna Wilson

Illustrator/Designer Skizzomat Studio

Illustrator/Designer Skizzomat Studio

Illustrator/Designer Skizzomat Studio

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Changing America :: Series 004 :: The Awakening

In our continuing series “Changing America”, Altpick members submit imagery for each edition of the series that depicts their point of view of today’s current crises.  Change is coming no doubt. What was is never more, and perhaps that is a good thing.  We have been awakened from our sleep.  Reminiscences of the 1960s, America is going through a very difficult time, hopefully, we will all come through this as better humans and a more tolerant nation.  In today’s issue, we present the following artists’ work: Ivan Canu, Robert Houser, Keith Barraclough, Otto Steininger, Kevin Steele, Anthony Foronda, Studio Caswell, Jay Watson, and Federico Gastaldi.

Illustrator Ivan Canu

Illustrator ©Ivan Canu

Ivan illustrated the June 21, 2020 cover for L’Espresso of the American political activist, Angela Davis.  As a widely known icon, Davis represents a symbol of a global revolution rising from today’s Black Lives Matter movement which opened a new season of protest worldwide.

Photographer Robert Houser

“When we shot the above video, it was for the cover of an annual report about a company being global and inclusive.  We had numerous models of all skin tones and the hardest thing was getting the hands to look right together, to feel comfortable together.  While they fit together perfectly, there was a visual message that came across from each varied pose.  I think that visual struggle mirrors the societal struggle of today.”                  — Robert Houser

Photographer Keith Barraclough

Kate and Kuma with SoHo murals

Kate and Kuma with Murals in SoHo

Keith and his wife, Kate, did a series of photographs around Manhattan documenting New York City during this pandemic.  These two images were taken in SoHo showing all of the beautiful art on the boarded-up windows in Soho.

Illustrator Otto Steininger

Illustrator Otto Steininger

“Colin Kaepernick created an image of protest against systemic racism three years ago by taking the knee.  Though in this illustration I am suggesting that Kaepernick is brooding over an intractable problem and that it is leaving a dark shadow on America, the fact that even cops are now repeating this gesture to show solidarity with protesters against racism gives me a sense of hope that this time around things are different and that George Floyd did not die for nothing. In several cities, attempts are being made to directly combat brutality and racism at police departments. It is a painful moment in history, but I see something bigger shining through.” Otto Steininger

Photographer Kevin Steele

Photographer ©Kevin Steele

Photographer ©Kevin Steele

“These two recent photographs represent to me the strength that resides within each of us. This is a time to listen. A time to pause and reflect. Most importantly it is a time to effect change. We’ve all been living with uncertainty and fear these last months, feeling vulnerable and anxious. The distractions of daily “normal” life are stripped away and we can see too clearly what has been happening in front of our eyes.  Change is happening.”       —Kevin Steele

Illustrator Anthony Foronda

Illustrator ©Anthony Foronda

Illustrator ©Anthony Foronda

“Now more then ever we need to check our core values and map out where we are in the conversation. We need to unite in our common humanity. Our DNA tells our history to one family. This is not the time to intellectualize but to feel what our heart is saying in response to the suffering in the world. We need to celebrate our differences and empathize with each other.”Anthony Foronda

Photographer Studio Caswell

“38th and Chicago, Minneapolis” Photographer ©Studio Caswell

“The death of George Floyd May 25th started a revolution in Minneapolis and moved across the country. Change is inevitable. But sometimes an event happens that hopefully changes the world for the better. His death is not in vain.”Karin Martinson, Studio Caswell

Photographer Jay Watson

“Jim Savoy” Photographer Jay Watson

Jay photographed Jim Savoy, an African-American San Francisco streetcar racer and shop owner from the late ’60s. The Savoy Project, started by Dan Stoner of AutoCult, is selling replica T-shirts inspired by an iconic Savoy Auto Parts logo. All shirt sales will support the NAACP legal defense fund to help end police violence.

Illustrator Federico Gastaldi

Illustrator ©Federico Gastaldi

“Seeing an entire nation pouring into the streets and demonstrating against racism is truly inspirational.” — Federico Gastaldi

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Changing America :: Series 003 :: Keeping the Momentum

In‘s ongoing series, Changing America, we continue the momentum for a much-needed transformation. In each series, our members’ were asked to submit an image that depicts their feelings on today’s current crises.  Between the pandemic, quarantine, and protests in the U.S. and worldwide, our hope is that this was not for naught but for change in a positive direction.  In this 3rd post in the series, Illustrators/Artists/Designer Andreas von Buddenbrock, Steven Dana, Jean Manuel Duvivier, Lynne St Clare, Janice Fried, Rudy Gutierrez, Julia Kerschbaumer, Huan Tran, Donna Wilson, and Photographers George Kamper, Kristofer Dan Bergman, and Lisa Powers present their personal message through their imagery.

Illustrator Janice Fried

Illustrator ©Janice Fried

“Fragile Handle with Care” – A mother’s fear for her children.Janice Fried

Illustrator Jean-Manual Duvivier

Illustrator ©Jean-Manuel Duvivier

Illustrator Rudy Gutierrez

Artist ©Rudy Gutierrez

“No more Normal”  “As I observe what’s happening in this country right now the feeling that hits me is how much has been considered normal, the blatant racism, the police brutality, the lack of civility and integrity, and the corporate and Governmental looting, that reflects the morally bankrupt nature of too many in control and their supporters. It seems that in many ways the country has been exposed although not to people of color who live this “normal” reality every day. I say that there can be no more normal. We are damn tired of normal!” Rudy Gutierrez

Illustrator Donna Wilson

Illustrator ©Donna Wilson

I chose to do an image of George Floyd juxtaposed with the Law Enforcement Oath of Honor. This oath that is taken is a promise to uphold the ethics and standards of the job for the public. Police Brutality is a blatant contradiction to this oath and a failure for public safety. If more people stay informed and VOTE  on every level of government – local and national – I really hope and believe change can happen. — Donna Wilson

Photographer George Kamper

Photographer ©George Kamper

“Love is in The Air”

Corona Bubble 14!  Inspired by Banksy’s “Love Is In The Air” & “Rage, The Flower Thrower”.George Kamper

Illustrator Huan Tran

Illustrator ©Huan Tran

“I created this image to show that we have the power to support change when it comes to BlackLivesMatter”.  “I’m providing ‘free to use’ files for all who want to support change, human decency, and doing better.”Huan Tran

Resource files on Google Drive, feel free to share the link:

Illustrator Andreas von Buddenbrock

Illustrator ©Andreas von Buddenbrock

Andreas who currently lives in Hong Kong submitted a sketch of the protests that happened there last year. “The scenes playing out in the streets in the US look a lot like what’s been happening in Hong Kong, with all the rage and the feeling of being let down by the government/police force.”Andreas von Buddenbrock

Illustrator Julia Kerschbaumer

Illustrator ©Julia Kerschbaumer

“This full-page illustration was created for an article in the Scottish whiskey magazine Whiskeria. The article “Collateral damage” is about Donald Trump’s self-defeating trade sanctions on Scottish whiskey, that have also affected the US bourbon industry”. — Julia Kerschbaumer

Photographer Kristofer Dan Bergman

©Kristofer Dan Bergman

Kristofer lives and works as a professional photographer in New York City.  “The first image illustrates how we all were taken by storm and engulfed in the pandemic; the second captures the emptiness and loneliness in SoHo; and the third image speaks for itself.”Kristofer Dan Bergman

Photographer Lisa Powers

Photographer ©Lisa Powers

Lisa Powers took this photograph of a man she saw on a subway in Manhattan in the late 1980/1990’s, which is still relevant today.  “I watched him enter into the subway car and he was a giant wearing a black sleeveless shirt with “FUCK RACISM IF YOU DON’T AGREE IN  HELL YOU BE”… I was impressed by his blatant message so I started a conversation with him (George).  He said that he had put the letters on the shirt himself.  I asked if I could photograph him.  He said he was on his way to his boxing gym for a workout.  I asked if I could come to photograph him working out.  He said yes.  I immediately went home, collected my camera, and a few rolls of FILM (yes, FILM) and I went to the boxing gym where I photographed him and a few other boxers.. He was very kind and asked if I wanted him to see me home safe.  What a gentleman… a GENTLE man.” — Lisa Powers

Illustrator Lynne St Clare (Foster)


Lynne submitted 3 images that tell the whole story…The first image – ” An assignment for the Independent on anti-Chinese sentiment.  Chinese Americans as well as those who look Chinese, are having to bear a double dose of the national anxiety amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They are anxious like the rest of us about venturing outside and getting infected, but they are also increasingly anxious about venturing outside and experiencing hostility from non-Asians of all sorts, in the form of verbal harassment and physical threats. Second image Lynne’s “George Floyd” image. “ The Revolution will not be televised, it will be Live”.   Third image – COVID 19. — Lynne St Clare

Illustrator/Designer Steven Dana

“Roses Free George Floyd…Love” and “Lovism”Steven Dana

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Changing America Series 002 :: Illustrators Jenny Catullo, Paul Garland, Urs J Knobel, Ray-Mel Cornelius, Kimberley Wiseman, Lyn Alice, Garth Glazier and Photographer Gaétan Charbonneau

Through their imagery, members interpret their concerns and feelings amid this time of unrest. In today’s edition of the “Changing America” series includes the work from these talented artists:  Illustrators Jenny Catullo, Paul Garland, Urs J Knobel, Ray-Mel Cornelius, Kimberley Wiseman, Lyn Alice, and Photographer Gaétan Charbonneau .  As always, we all agree that tolerance, understanding, empathy, kindness, positivity, and love have the greatest impact on making changes in today’s society.  Let’s all be the change!

Illustrator :: Jenny Catullo

Illustrator Jenny Catullo

At this moment we have to consider our existence and the meaning of life.  I love the words of Nelson Mandela: “Peace is not just the absence of conflict; peace is the creation of an environment where all can flourish, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, class, caste, or any other social markers of difference.”  — Jenny Catullo

Illustrator :: Paul Garland

Illustrator Paul Garland

Paul re-interpret a previously produced piece of work showing a crumbling Capitol Dome as an eraser, trying half-heartedly to eradicate a huge problem.  ‘Black Lives Matter’ – ‘All Lives Matter’“If we all treat each other as we would like to be treated, regardless of creed, colour, religion, etc and drop the attitude we would all get along perfectly!” —– Paul Garland

Illustrator :: Garth Glazier

Illustrator Garth Glazier

“Freedom’s Gaze” is informally dedicated to the spirit of liberty and freedom we are struggling to achieve for all Americans.  This illustration of Lincoln seems like a celebration of our country’s determination to overcome all challenges”.Garth Glazier

Photographer ::  Gaétan Charbonneau

Photographer Gaétan Charbonneau

“Resilience”Gaétan Charbonneau

Illustrator :: Kimberley Wiseman

Illustrator Kimberley Wiseman

Kimberley Wiseman calls this image, “Spewing Hate”, these are actual phrases and words Trump has used in his lifetime and has said publicly.  “Societies that preach hate are where people no longer know how to live”. — Lamine Pearlheart 

Illustrator :: Urs. J Knobel

Illustrator Urs J Knobel

“Yes, we need people with strength in the brain and not in the arms”.Urs J Knobel

Illustrator :: Ray-Mel Cornelius

Illustrator Ray-Mel Cornelius

“It’s time to be still and hear from those who know”.  — Ray-Mel Cornelius

Illustrator :: Lyn Alice

Illustrator Lyn Alice

Lyn Alice chose this quote to express her feelings of today’s crises: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pur, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” — Philippians 4:8 NIV

To see more of the artists’ work, please visit

Stay tuned for the 003 edition of “Changing America” coming soon!

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Changing America Series 001 :: Featuring Daria Kirpach, Caitlin Alexander, Chris Lyons and Kristine Lombardi

During this unrest and uncertain times, we must do our best to stand with our oppressed brothers and sisters.  Showing empathy and sympathy for those who face challenges every day is a step in a positive direction.  Big and small acts of kindness, understanding those who are different from you, showing tolerance when you don’t understand, and always coming from a place of love will have a positive impact on our society. has asked its members to submit an image that conveys their feeling on today’s crises.  Today we are featuring the first 4 in the series, Illustrators Daria Kirpach, Caitlin Alexander, Chris Lyons and Kristine Lombardi.

Illustrator :: Daria Kirpach

Illustrator Daria Kirpach

Muhammad Ali was not only the great champion but also a fighter for justice. Ali was suspended from the fighting license for taking sides against the American military initiative in Vietnam.  Daria’s illustration was a self-promotion piece.

Daria’s unpublished pieces were about sexual abuse on African and Afro American women.

Illustrator :: Caitlin Alexander

Illustration:: Caitlin Alexander

“It is very problematic that many white people are more concerned with voicing disapproval of looting and rioting than they are speaking out against racism and police brutality. Problematic meaning, in fact, racist. If you care more about storefronts and merchandise and destructive behavior than you cared about the black people who were murdered, causing these riots… then you have engaged in promoting and continuing the racist system that created it. Rioting is how the unheard have a voice. Their peaceful protests have been met with disdain and tear gas and rubber bullets. We, white people, have pushed this situation to its current point because we haven’t cared nearly enough.”—–Illustrator Caitlin Alexander

Illustrator :: Chris Lyons

Illustrator Chris Lyons

Chris Lyons created this piece imagining a world where Ahmaud Arbery could run without worry or concern. Just a workout like any other white American experiences without a second thought.

Illustrator :: Kristine Lombardi

Illustrator Kristine Lombardi

Kristine Lombardi‘s depicts Gandhi’s words perfectly, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Stay tuned for the next edition of “American Change Series 002”

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This Week’s Member Round-Up: Illustrators Kevin Hauff, Angela Martini and Photographer Jim Fiscus

This week’s Altpick Member Round-Up featured 3 brilliant artists: illustrators Angela Martini and Kevin Hauff and photographer Jim Fiscus.

Illustrator Angela MartiniAngela Martini always knew she wanted to be an artist, just not the starving kind, so she decided to be an illustrator when she grew up. So far her plan has worked out rather well. After graduating with a BFA in Illustration from The Fashion Institute of Technology, she worked as a fashion illustrator, a coat check girl, a web designer, and a character creator for a design firm. Now she works from home as a freelance illustrator creating whimsical artwork for the teen and tween crowd. She’s illustrated several books for American Girl and numerous books for Scholastic, Penguin, Simon & Schuster and Random House, and many others.

Illustrator Kevin Hauff

“Image makes who likes playing with paint, collage, and a computer!” — Kevin Hauff
Some of the people Kevin really enjoys working with….
New York Times. Adobe Systems Europe. British Telecom. British Airways. Economist. Elle. Financial Times. Gillette. GlaxoSmithKline. Good Housekeeping Magazine. GQ. Greene King Brewery. Haymarket Group. Harper Collins. IBM.  Macmillan Publishing. Mitsubishi. New Scientist. Oxford University Press. Observer. Picador. Penguin Books.  Royal Mail Stamps. Scholastic.

Photographer Jim Fiscus

Jim Fiscus is a visual storyteller who builds his narratives using conceptual photography, his unusually vivid imagination, and a strict dedication to delivering the greatest number of options with the least amount of fuss. “I would describe my work as a series of environmental portraits,” he says. “I’m lucky in that I get to create most of the environments. The goal is to tell a complete story within one frame.”

To see more of the artists’ work, please visit

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Congratulations Altpick Members in AI-AP, ADDY, Spider, Neal, Luerzers Archive, ASMP, Applied Arts, AOP, One Eyeland, Color Awards, Circle Arts, Creatively Quarterly AWARDS

As you may know, we are not only in the midst of a quarantine but in the midst of the Award Season in the graphic arts community.  Many members have been selected, chosen, or won awards in American Illustration 39, ADDY, Black & White Spider Awards, Jesse H. Neal Awards, ASMP, Applied Arts, Luerzer’s Archive, Int’l Color Awards, One Eyeland, AOP, Creative Quarterly and Circle Arts Awards.  Let’s take this opportunity to congratulate all of the winners!

Ellen Weinstein, Illustrator

Two of Ellen Weinstein’s pieces,  “Cats and Dogs” and “Noninvasive Beauty Treatments”, have been selected for the American Illustration 39 Annual Book and exhibition.

Kent Miller, Photographer

Kent Miller’s winning pieces have been published in the 14th Black & White Spider Awards Video Series: Fine Art – “Dance Hurts”; Honorable Mention in Fine Art – “Dance Hurts”; Nominee in Fashion – “Jess in the Tub”; and Nominee in Fine Art – “Breana Smear”.

David Plunkert, Illustrator/Designer

David Plunkert’s art for the book “Artificial Life After Frankenstein”, and 2 Posters for Theatre Project: “Suffrage” and “If/Then” were selected for American Illustration 39.

Urs J. Knobel, Illustrator

“Boris Johnson” ©Urs J. Knobel

Urs J. Knobel’s portrait of the Prime Minister of the UK, “Boris Johnson”, has been selected for the American Illustration 39 Awards.

Kristofer Dan-Bergman, Photographer

Kristofer Dan-Bergman’s winning piece “Raging Mother” has won several awards this year, Applied Arts, Nominated in the International Color Awards, Shortlisted in Graphis and Gold in 2019, Creative Quarterly Top 100, and United Photo Industries – Earth in Focus Award.

Chris Lyons, Illustrator

“Canandaigua Lakefront Art Show” ©Chris Lyons

Chris Lyons‘ poster “Canandaigua Lakefront Art Show” has been selected into the Society of Illustrators 2020 show and received a Gold in the ADDY Awards.

Jon Krause, Illustrator

Jon Krause’s pieces, UVA Lawyer “Lies in the Media” and  Wall Street Journal “Creating Strong Passwords” were chosen for the American Illustration 39 Awards.

Ivan Canu, Illustrator

“Very Italiani” ©Ivan Canu

Ivan Canu’s portrait of the Italian Romantic poet Giacomo Leopardi, one of the 50 portraits of “Very Italiani”, a book written by Rossana and Francesco Maletto Cazzullo for Adriano Salani Publisher was a selected winner of the American Illustration 39 annual and exhibition.

John Kuczala, Photographer

“Return to Sender” Crain’s Cover ©John Kuczala

John Kuczala’s photo for Crain’s magazine won a Neal Award in the Best Art Direction for a Cover.  The image, art directed by Carolyn McClain illustrated how some NYC council members tried to squash the deal to have the Amazon headquarters in LIC.

Dorit Thies, Photographer

“Fearless” ©Dorit Thies

Dorit Thies‘ “Fearless” won second place in ASMP Style Editorial category.

Jay Watson, Photographer

“Veda on West Cliff Drive” ©Jay Watson

Jay Watson’s “Veda on West Cliff Drive” apparel shoot for Santa Cruz Skateboards wins in the 2020 Applied Arts Photography & Illustration Awards Annual, Portrait Single category.

Simon Puschmann, Photographer

Simon Puschmann’s images have been selected for the 200 Best Advertising Photographers 20/21 Luerzers Archive; International Color Awards for Honorable Mention in Fine Art | Wastelands; Honorable Mention in Still Life | Assaulted Flowers and Nominee in Advertising | BMW Concept4; Spider Awards Honorable Mention Advertising McLaren, Silver Award at One Eyeland Award, Category Fine Art / Still Life Wastelands Series; Vega Award Canopus Winner, BMW Concept 4 Film; AOP Award 2020 2x Finalist Forest Bathing & Wastelands, Wastelands Exhibition at Fraunberg Ateliers Munich, Germany, Wastelands Exhibition at Zingst Fotofestival, Zingst, Germany (both fell victim to Covid 19).

Richard Borge, Illustrator

Richard Borge was selected for two pieces, “Buzzing in Innovation” for Mechanical Engineering magazine and “ART IS!” for the School of Visual Arts in the American Illustration 39.

John Dykes, Illustrator

“Carvel and Pinto” ©John Dykes

John Dykes’ painting “Carvel and Pinto”, acrylic and collage on mounted board with acrylic resin 2020m 48″ x25″ was created as part of a 1960’s theme series was selected for the American Illustration 39 book.

Ryan Ketterman, Photographer

Ryan Ketterman’s JAXPORT series won a Gold District ADDY award and the image has moved on to the nationals.

Lisa Powers, Photographer

Lisa Powers received a “Certificate of Excellence” from Circle Arts Foundation, Myrina Tunberg Georgiou, Director for her image titled “Complicated Women” and a Black & White Spider award in the Portrait category for her “Bauhaus” piece. In addition, her images were selected by LENS magazine as a featured.

Eddie Guy, Illustrator

Eddie Guy’s winning pieces in the American Illustration 39 awards included “How Many Bones Would You Break To Get Laid” – “Incels” going under the knife to reshape faces for New York Magazine and “Competing in the Age” of AI for Harvard Business Review.

Tom Cocotos, Illustrator

©Tom Cocotos

Tom Cocotos’ piece “Jay-Z Dissected” was selected for the American Illustration        Awards 39.

Sergio Baradat, Illustrator

“Las Trés Marias”
©Sergio Baradat

Sergio Baradat’s piece “Les Trés Marias” was selected in the                                           American Illustration 39 Awards.

Paul Garland, Illustrator

“Ghost Bike” ©Paul Garland

Paul Garland’s “Ghost Bike” illustration for @phillymag_art article on a plan to eliminate traffic deaths, has been chosen as one of the winners for American Illustration 39.

Carlo Giambarresi, Illustrator


Carlo Giambarresi two art pieces, “Teachers Empowering” and “Aviation’s Climate Challenge” were selected for American Illustration 39.

Robert Houser, Photographer 

Robert Houser’s photograph, “Backbend” won several awards including APA – Gold in Sport; One Eyeland – Bronze in Sport; IPA – Honorable Mention; Black & White Spider Award – Honorable Mention in Sport and Int’l Color Awards – Honorable Mention for “Ballet”.

Mark Peterman, Photographer

©Mark Peterman

Mark Peterman’s image, “The Path Through the Woods” was selected for the American Photography 36 annual and chosen for the online gallery.


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Bodhi and Chop Get Center Stage

by Maria Ragusa Burfield

Illustrator Alexei Vella captured the likeness of our dog Bodhi perfectly. Bodhi’s deep black eyes and his white fluffy Shih Tzu hair brings out his sweet personality.

This all started back when I saw Alexei post an illustration of his Shih Tzu “Charlie Boy”, who looked exactly like our firstborn Shih Tzu named Chop. I couldn’t resist and I purchased a print from Alexei.

Then along came Bodhi. I contacted Alexei again to see if he could illustrate a portrait, this time of our secondborn, Bodhi.

This rest is history and now both prints hang side by side on our wall delighting us every day.

Thank you Alexei Vella!

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