Visual Designer and Practicing Multimedia Artist

As an artist/educator, visual designer, and practicing multimedia artist, I am endlessly curious about how we can better serve people who have limited resources; through the use of innovative design, developing creative environments for public use, utilizing green and solar technology, engaging expansive positive visual images and the development of a broader more encompassing global and local understanding of our purpose in this world.  

Although the images and subjects of my art and design practice are diverse; the influences and subject matter originate and are inspired by the 1950’s abstract expressionist movement and the architectural/designs of the Mid-Century Modern/Bauhaus period.

My contemporary art/design practice consists of organic and architectural images and products that respond to my observations of historical and present moments in time and the current state of our ever-changing complex society.

Art and Design Teacher / Chicago Public Schools
September 1990-Present.
Art and Design Educator/Visual Artist/Consultant
Chicago Arts Partnership in Education
September 2001 – Present.
Visual Designer/Concept and Design Fabrication
Phil Cotton Design
January 1995 – Present. (currently freelancing
By appointments).


State University of New York College at Buffalo
Bachelor of Science in Art Education 1968-1972
Illinois Institute of Technology/Institute of Design 1972-74 

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