Art has always been part of my life. I was influenced by my extremely talented older brother who brought the world of museums and culture into my consciousness. Art education began in 1962 at the Brooklyn Museum art school. Soon after, I began spending time in Woodstock and knew I was committed to the creative life. In 1966 I moved to San Francisco and attended the San Francisco Art Institute. Around this time my love of letters began to take concrete form, and I started using ornate capitals and Illuminations in my graphic work and personal correspondence.
By the late 70’s I had begun taking classes at School of Visual Arts, and was working as an airbrush artist for such iconic names as Lotus Shop and Miracle Craft among others, all while running a band and raising a child. Graduating with a BFA in 1980, I set up my own business, Sweetbryar Calligraphics. Over a more than twenty year span my clients included the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fordham University, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Warner Records, United Airlines, American Film Institute, Judith Leiber and many other familiar names.
My work has appeared on screen in Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow” (the journal of Ichabod Crane), on TV–Sex In the City, Days of the Week, on PBS, even in an LL-Cool J video. I have designed corporate logos and emblems, including Billy Idol’s Cyber Corps logo.