M. J.

Illustrator

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Experience: 35 Years
Location: Portland, OR

Overview

I don't remember a time that I didn't draw; I began drawing "seriously" in High School and intended to become a Technical Illustrator. Lack of planning and foresight led me to a degree in Architecture, instead of an education in Art. Further distractions, such as "lack of work" led me to an eight-year career in construction; further distractions, such as "lack of work" led me to a career with the City of Portland as a Building Plans Examiner, from which I 'retired' with a medical layoff in 1998. But the dream never died... I've been a free-lance commercial artist and designer for over 30 years. During my college years I exhibited my artwork in a number of non-juried shows, but found little time for "serious" illustration until 1988, when a ruptured appendix and a brush with death caused me to re-evaluate my goals and priorities. I realized that my future wasn't as predictable as it appeared; and that God has given me a talent He intended to be used for the benefit of others. I then decided it was time to get "serious" about my career as an illustrator.
My 'body of work' is fairly eclectic in its nature, and isn't specifically geared toward one type of illustration; however, all of my illustrations are realistically-styled. My preferred media is digitally-colored graphite.
As of this writing, I’ve illustrated five children’s books, created numerous illustrations for a variety of clients; including Steiner Korea, Scholastic Inc. and the Yellowstone Park Foundation. Over the years I have created a large number of wildlife drawings and a numerous portraits. I also create Architectural and Technical illustrations. I teach art classes for children on an irregular basis; and speak to a variety of groups on a variety of topics related to illustration and on Building Code related subject matter. I also work as an 'outsourcing service provider' for various Internet-based graphic arts and architectural production companies.

Experience

My body of work is fairly eclectic in its nature, and isn't specifically geared toward one type of illustration, however, all of my illustrations are realistically-styled. My preferred media are graphite, digital and colored pencil; I also use ink, watercolor, acrylics and airbrush as the need arises. Over the years I have created a large number of wildlife drawings, portraits, architectural and technical illustrations. I teach art classes for children on an irregular basis; I also do school visits. My first book jacket was published in the fall of 1999; my first children's book was published in 2000. My work has been published internationally in children's books, periodicals and on the Internet.Published Illustrations:
Grandma Malka and the Elephant Boy Jon Dickman 2015
Illustrated Children’s Book
The Book Lover Columbia River Books 2015
Illustrated Novel
Caesar's Silver Badgley Publishing 2012
Cover Illustration
Lucidia: A Glimpse of Dualism Abron S. Toure' 2005
Cover Illustration

A Scandal In Bohemia Glenndoman Korea 2005
Korean language children’s picture book version of the classic
Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

"The Wolves of Yellowstone" Yellowstone Park Foundation 2005
Illustrations for "electronic field trip" online tour of the Park

The Declaration of Independence, Rourke Publishing, 2002
Illustrated Historical Non-fiction

Oregon At Last, Scholastic, 2002
Illustrated Historical Novel

First Heroes For Freedom, Silver Moon Press, Spring 2000
Illustrated Historical Novel

Rainbows and Other Promises, New Canaan Publishing, Fall 1999
Cover Art
Exhibitions
“Proud Family”/”The Story of Esther”
Permanent Collection: Museum of Biblical Art, Dallas Texas

“Small Moments—Greatest Meaning”
Graphite Portraits by M. J., July 2006
Unto Him Fine Arts Gallery, Newberg, Oregon

“Brachot”/"Blessings”, 2001
Sanctuary For the Arts/Mittleman Jewish Community Center

Koinonia" CIVA/NNU Exhibit, 2000
Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho

Drawn To Christ: Cross-Country II; 2000
Weaver Gallery, Bethel College, Mishawaka, Indiana


National Christian Fine Arts Exhibition, 1999
Farmington, New Mexico


Works of Faith Exhibition, 1999, 2009
First Presbyterian Church; Portland, Oregon

Education / Qualifications

University of Oregon
Bachelor of Architecture 1975

Skills

Book Cover DesignContract DraftingDigital painting
eBook DesignIllustrationPhoto Editing
Photograph Color CorrectionPhoto Manipulation

Awards

2013 Oregon Excellence Award
Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce (SBIEC)
Best of Portland 2009
U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

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