I've studied the various disciplines of traditional visual "fine art" creation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, and at Northern Illinois University, where I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Studio Art. In 1993 I earned a master's degree in medical illustration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
I have been a professional illustrator for over thirty years. I also create what I consider fine art. Though I tacitly defer to the modern cultural distinction between artist and illustrator, I don't accept it in theory or in practice.
Whether painting a prehistoric cave wall with ocher and charcoal, or designing a modern corporate logo with tablet and monitor, the effective artist must function as both an inspired individual and a receptive collaborator. Only then can his or her finished artwork become a tangible symbol that merges the intangible imagination of its creator with that of its intended human viewers.
Standing under the Sistine Ceiling, who would feel inspired to question whether Michelangelo was artist or an illustrator?
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