Art, Objects & Antiquities
I was born, raised and educated in New York State with careers in package design, advertising and illustration and design.
My illustrations have appeared nationally in GAMES Magazine, on greeting cards and toy packages for American Greetings (The Characters in Cleveland) and on more than thirty school lunch kits for both Aladdin Industries and Thermos, Inc. Several of these metal kits are on display at the Smithsonian's Museum of American History, making me feel quite old, indeed. In addition, I free-lanced illustrations for nearly thirty years for children's publications in and around Nashville.
I produce slightly irreverent, movable, wooden sculptures which have achieved a modicum of success with the Tennessee Art League (Roger Gerald Grooms, Sr. Award, among others). My work has been exhibited in and around Nashville including a showing at Centennial Art Center. One of these wooden pieces won a grand prize in C-SPAN's Presidential Life Portraits competition with my sculpture of James K. Polk. These wooden sculptures were recently the focus of a feature segment on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads.
Most recently, due to a deep enjoyment of things historical, I have been producing paintings and signage done in a style consistent with the mid-1800s and under an alter ego of one Reitmeyer (a family name) S. Jones, an itinerant producer of said pieces.
My odd moments are filled with watercolors, political buttons, polishing a novel, stereoscopic photography, visiting historical sites, playing antique baseball, singing antique American and Irish folk songs and spending time with my antique guitar. The last includes programs combining music with my art in children's presentations at several Metropolitan Public Libraries.
I live in Hermitage, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville, with my wife on property which I like to pretend was once used to graze Andrew Jackson's livestock.