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January 2005

As his memory fades, the man in this image will lose his past as well as his present—where his beloved cat remains unfed. This drawing embodies the essence of my grandparents' last years. None had Alzheimer disease, but I often think of them as their bodies and minds were failing and how they would have felt as the precious parts of their lives disappeared.

I have been working as a freelance illustrator for 25 years and have been an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design since 1993. My process begins with sketching, then I draw and paint directly on my chosen surface. I'm influenced immensely by popular printed materials, especially posters and covers, magazines, and books. I strive to create realistic but off-beat scenes, and it's important to me that the work have a handcrafted look and lots of natural texture.

Image Credit: W. C. Burgard (

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