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Soon into my career I began taking on commissioned work. This began with portraits and then turned to advertising which soon turned into movie posters. At age twenty four it was very exciting doing my first movie poster, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and seeing it full page in the New York Times.
I went on to do other movie commissions including the next three Nightmare on Elm Streets (New Line Cinema), Rush, and Rich in Love (Metro Goldwyn Mayer) finishes, as well as comp sketches for K-2, Mr. Saturday Night, Night in the City and A Few Good Men.
My movie poster work attracted a bit of attention from related industries. Vestron Video commissioned quite a few video box covers. The Franklin Mint commissioned "Beyond the Final Frontier" a Star Trek limited edition print. The print represents the original TV series.
When record producer Robert Townson from Varèse Sarabande Records tracked me down to do Miklos Rozsa's Hollywood Legend CD cover, he had no idea at the time what an effect this would have. Now (over thirtyfive CD covers later) oil paintings, classic stories, and epic symphonic music have a home together in CDs like: A Streetcar Named Desire, Vertigo, Fahrenheit 451, Romeo and Juliet, Alex North's 2001, and To Kill a Mockingbird. The classic arts have found a meeting place in today's high tech synthesized world.
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(Bernard Herrmann, Elmer Bernstien, Henry Mancini, & others)
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