I always knew I was an artist, as sketched out by the main character, Ruth in my novel, Tree of Lives:
Four year old Ruthie returned to her room to finish an art project she had been working on for days. She had painstakingly drawn a tree, including every leaf that could fit on the paper. When she felt it was finished she ran into the kitchen, eager to show her mother her masterpiece.
“Mom. Look! Look what I drew! How do you like it?”
Her mother, on the phone, sounded slightly annoyed to be interrupted by Ruthie’s pestering.
“Hold on, Caroline.” Glancing over her shoulder for a split second, she said, “That’s nice, dear” and seamlessly resumed her chat.
Ruthie returned to her room a little crestfallen, having just learned two important lessons: Not Everyone Understands Art and Timing Is Everything.
Luckily I had a rewarding career doing what I loved (creating and communicating), surrounded by people who inspired and appreciated my talent. I feel fortunate to have been present for the Old School methods and at the forefront of the revolutionary transition to digital methods. My work in graphic design, illustration, art direction, and more recently, the novel I wrote, have earned 45 awards.
After studying painting and printmaking at the Boston Museum School in the 70s, I freelanced at several ad agencies, typesetters and art departments as a designer and product illustrator. My career break came in 1982 when I started an art department for the Quincy (Mass.) Patriot Ledger where I served as the staff illustrator and layout artist.
After a few years, I joined the Boston Herald to design their Sunday Magazine and learned how to art direct photography. In 1986, after too many Boston winters, I relocated to Florida where I was hired as an illustrator and designer for The Palm Beach Post. After a few years I moved to Miami and taught advertising and production at the International Fine Arts College in Miami.
From there I was recruited as the Art Director for South Florida Magazine, and in 1990 I was asked to start up Blockbuster Entertainment’s in-store magazine. I later started up Ocean Drive Magazine and worked as a freelance designer and illustrator for the Miami Herald.
I launched my own design business, BoseArts, in 1991. A pioneer on the digital forefront, I launched an online travel magazine, Absolutely Florida, in 1995 (when I had to explain what the internet even was!) Since then I have designed thousands of web pages, logos, ads, photos, displays, print pieces, posters, videos and more. My work has ranged from a few pixels in size to more than a city block long, when I designed stages and electronic graphics for convention stages.
Remember how timing is everything? Too soon is never good, and 2003 was too soon when I created a video site, Florida.TV. Also too soon for the general public’s appetite for food activism, I produced a documentary about the unintended consequences of industrial food prododuction, The Real Food Revolution.
In 2004, foolishly tired of the glorious South Florida weather, I moved to the DC area, where I remembered what winter feels like, continued my design business, met my husband and wrote my book. We returned to Florida about ten years later.
I have never stopped working, and am now very happily painting in my studio, promoting my book and donating my time creating graphics for my community, and for a charitable organization, NCJW.
I am available for conversation and my work is available for display.