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Two Birds

Read an informative article about Tim by John Tune, published in the Leelanau Enterprise. And here's another article from the Glen Arbor Sun.

After a career in New York as a professional illustrator, Tim Lewis retired to northern Michigan, where he now works for pleasure. Idiosyncratic and whimsical, his watercolors alternate between abstract and representational.

Lewis knew from an early age that he wanted to be an artist. He grew up in Midland, Michigan, and spent his childhood summers dreaming (and drawing) with his maternal grandparents in Empire, where he now makes his home.

Lewis earned a Bachelor of Science degree as an art major at Western Michigan University in 1959, and then spent a year as an elementary art teacher and three years stationed in Okinawa with the Army Security Agency. He then moved to New York City to pursue a life in commercial art.

After a six-month stint as an assistant art director at Young & Rubicam Advertising Agency, Lewis was invited to join Push Pin Studios, an internationally celebrated illustration and graphic design studio headed by Seymour Chwast and Milton Glaser.

Five years later, Lewis became a freelancer under the studio name of Indelible, Inc. Over the next thirty years his work was published in numerous journals, magazines, newspapers and corporate brochures.

Lewis also spent three years teaching at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and another three years at Parson's School of Design.