Portraits, caricatures, and cartoons.

About

ALEX TORELLO ART

Alexander G. Torello

Mine is the "it's never too late" story. Early memories of the great illustrators of the 40s and 50s fed dreams of a career in cartooning.  Upon high school graduation, the money wasn't there for art school, and enlisting in the Marine Corps, marrying my high school beau, raising a family and running a small print shop forced me to forget such folly.

Fast-forward to 2012-13. Pushing age 70, retired and un-retired, I found myself working for New Haven's largest hospital, and during the "dead-time" between calls--pencil in hand, and a duty log sheet--began to sketch the folks around me in the lobby.

One thing lead to another--and to make the long story a bit shorter, we were asked to do some cartoons for a local political newsletter; and then another--the latter which grew to be quite influential in our state.

Cartooning came fairly easy--but I wondered if I could challenge myself to do realistic portraits and caricatures of family, friends and other people I admired.

That's the story. It's a work in progress, but unless I run out of time, I hope to improve enough not to want to trash every work I do, but create art worthy of my subjects.