Although I consider myself primarily a designer, I also bring the skills of a writer and illustrator to my work.


As a principal in the New York design firm of Ross Culbert & Lavery for many years, I developed a range of consumer and business-to-business materials for clients from all walks of life, including publishers, museums, legal and accounting firms, banks, film distributors and entrepreneurs. I've even won some awards for my work, though I'd be hard pressed to remember them.


Since 2011 I've worked as a freelance design consultant to an equally eclectic array of clients. My approach to every design project is to listen carefully to the client's objectives and find the best, most thoughtful and cost-effective route to get them there. It's really that simple.


I graduated from School of Visual Arts in New York City with the Rhodes Family Medal for Excellence in Graphic Design. The medal was stolen when my apartment was burglarized. I now live 90 minutes north of New York City in the beautiful Mid-Hudson Valley. My studio looks out onto a small apple orchard I jointly own and farm. I hope some day to have a riding mower.


When I’m not donning my hat as a graphic designer or gentleman farmer, I'm a painter. My fine art work can be viewed at



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