We have a very gregarious cultural community here. I see MECA as being the keystone of that.
ON HIS ART:
Working in pen and ink feels utterly natural to me. I love the feel of the pen scratching on paper, the spring of the quill, the flow of the ink. My journals are portable workshops where I craft the pictures, words and ideas that eventually turn into books. Illustrated books are a form that I have always been attracted to as what I think of as noble and egalitarian art.
ON THE ILLUSTRATION DEPARTMENT:
We are determined to be one of the best illustration departments in the country. This is not hyperbole. Our department offers students the opportunity to work closely with seven nationally recognized, award-winning illustrators who work in a wide range of media. Most of our faculty were involved in creating the Illustration major ten years ago and are extraordinarily dedicated to teaching and increasing the appreciation and awareness of our art throughout the world.
ON MECA AND PORTLAND’S ARTISTIC COMMUNITY:
We have a very gregarious cultural community here. I see MECA as being the keystone of that. This state and specifically this city have an incredible wealth of illustration talent. It’s quite extraordinary. There are world-class writers and illustrators all over this city and state. We are able to tap in to a lot of the diverse talent that already resides here in Maine to work with our students