I had the good luck to be born into a creative Pittsburgh family who encouraged my artistic leanings. Drawing, painting, and sculpture seemed to come to me instinctively. But it took a long trek to a foundry in Texas, where I went to work finishing bronze sculptures, to convince me I needed some formal education. Back home, I earned a degree in visual communications from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, then joined the Matthews Bronze Works as a sculptor. There I created numerous bronze and aluminum bas reliefs, including portraits of seven Baseball Hall of Fame inductees. Working in three dimensions gave me a deep understanding of form that enriches my illustration and design work to this day.

My path took another turn in 1980, when I opened my own advertising and design office. Early on, I realized that a balance of tradition and technology would be essential for growth and creative exploration. Over the next two decades I matured as an artist, accumulated technical expertise, and learned how to run a company. I outgrew the business just a few years ago, and today I channel my energy into illustration, in collaborating with editors and art directors associated with publications, agencies, and corporations.


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Weight Watchers
Dad’s Pet Care
FedEx Ground
Knouse Foods
Giant Eagle
Del Monte
Food Lion
Giant Ideas
Simon Shows
Garrison Hughes
Matthews International
Brady Communications
Smith Brothers Agency
Quote OpenKurt's work is truly amazing. He did great work for me that really gets attention and generates conversations. I've referred him to several clients and am happy to recommend him here.Quote Close
Kevin Houchin
Attorney, Artist, Teacher, Author, and
Principal of Houchin & Associates, P.C.