The Early Years

Ted has been painting and drawing professionally for over 70 years. At the age of 13 he was awarded a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago, but he soon abandoned his formal education and headed off for grand adventures:(first as a pilot in the Air Force (until they discovered he was underage), then as a seaman in the Merchant Marines.

At 18 he embarked upon what would become his lifelong career as an artist, starting in Chicago
then on to San Francisco, where he landed his first free-lance commission.

It wasn’t long before a major art studio in New York recognized his talent.

He moved East and quickly established himself as one of this country’s preeminent illustrators,
gaining worldwide recognition for the outstanding movie posters, book covers, and story
illustrations he developed in collaboration with his wife, model and muse, Kristen.