Visual Arts: Glasswork, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Works on paper; Monumental Architectural/Liturgical Stained Glass Design
Curtis is a 1977 honor graduate of Fine Art from the York Academy of Arts majoring in painting. In 1997 enrolled at Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts to learn the computer as a design tool. Acquired an Associate Degree in Advanced Technology for Advanced Digital Design and was inducted into the ALPHA BETA KAPPA National Honor Society. Founded CurtisGraphics Design Services on 09/02/1999 – on 04/25/2008 incorporated to become CurtisGraphics Corporation.
In 1979 began work at Linauts Stained Glass Studio in Reading Pennsylvania. I have since designed and produced many monumental Architectural Stained Glass projects across the US.
From start to finish; meeting with the client, determining the course of the Architectural Glass Design, producing the scaled transparent Lumiére design – after approval, creating the full-size drawing, transferring onto pattern paper and cutting the patterns, selecting the color and texture of the glass, cutting the glass – acid etching – painting – staining the glass if necessary, and overseeing the project to its conclusion.
In 1987 was published in Stained Glass Quarterly for six monumental stained glass windows I designed for Tifereth Israel using the Six Orders of the Mishna as the theme which can be viewed at http://www.curtisgraphics.com/asg/ The seventh window in the Historical Alcove in Tifereth Israel was used as the cover art on “This House We Build” – (Lessons for Healthy Synagogues and People Who Dwell There) – http://www.curtisgraphics.com/j_historical.html
A beautiful hardcover booklet describing and illustrating the 17 windows residing in the Simpsonville United Methodist Church – (Simpsonville South Carolina) by Linda Pendergrass was published in 2013 and can be viewed at http://www.curtisgraphics.com/smpsnvll/
A poem entitled “The Lark Ascending” was published in the 2002 International Library of Poetry Anthology titled “The Solace of Night”, by Watermark Press, One Poetry Plaza, Owings Mills, MD – http://www.curtisgraphics.com/thelarkascending.html
Created 553 designs for door, side-lite, and transom beveled glass – pdf Book of Designs for MIKA International in 1999 can be downloaded at http://www.curtisgraphicscorp.com/crystal_beveled_art_glass.html
In the summer of 1999, I created my business website, curtisgraphics.com. Shortly after that, I founded CurtisGraphics Design Services on 09/02/1999 – on 04/25/2008 I incorporated to become CurtisGraphics Corporation.
During the 1980s my parents told me I would need to one day learn how to use the computer. I asked them, why? I’m an artist. I use paint, canvas, paper, glass. Why on earth would I ever need to learn how to use the computer? In 1997 I enrolled at Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts to do just that. I was inducted into the ALPHA BETA KAPPA National Honor Society. I learned the quality of art produced with the computer is only as good as my traditional abilities with color, design and composition, and draftsmanship. Yes, it takes just as much dexterity to produce a work of art with a mouse as it takes with a pencil or paintbrush. In point of fact, it is more difficult to master the mouse as a drawing/painting instrument. And it takes a whole lot more technical knowledge to create with a computer.
Through Facebook, I became acquainted with the online art community and have joined and have taken an active role in posting my artworks on cybercultures, groups, and online galleries. I have recently been accepted by Singulart, singulart.com, an international online gallery of some renown that sells art to a worldwide audience.