The Scottish Play

Last night I attended the panoramic performance of “the Scottish play”, Macbeth, put on by the New York Classical Theatre. They are giving free outdoor performances in Battery Park every evening at 7 pm through August 20th. (One of the perks of summers in NYC are these kinds of events.) It was a beautiful evening […]

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Eid Mubarak!

My NYC neighborhood of Jackson Heights is home to a large Muslim population from Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan. Since this weekend was Eid, the end of Ramadan, our local park (Travers) was turned over to a Muslim prayer service on Sunday morning. As I live near the park, I decided to walk over and draw […]

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Spirituality & Health Magazine

My reportage illustrations of the NYC rally against the immigrant ban have been published in the May/June issue of Spirituality & Health. The drawings are illustrating an article titled Being Honorable by Brady Kiesling, who writes about his decision to leave the state department after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and his thoughts on the first attempted Executive Order […]

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You Never Know

Something I always tell my students is, “you never know.” As in, you never know what making art and putting it out there in the world will create in your life. About two years ago, I received an email from a man named Josh. He had written a poem about the humanity on the NYC subway and […]

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Sakura!

Sakura – the cherry blossoms – those fleeting, etherial flowers that arrive in early spring. No matter how much work you may have to do, or things you may have on your mind, when the cherry tree blooms you must take a little time to sit and appreciate it’s beauty. Ahhh….spring.

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Jacob Levine

When I was doing the research for my picture book, I Was Dreaming to Come to America, I had the privilege to be present at a few interviews with people who had entered the US through Ellis Island. This is Jacob Levine, a Russian Jewish man who “stole the border” and emigrated from Russia in […]

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