Charles Moon has
spent the last twenty years in the advertising business. A native of
Philadelphia, Charlie left the city to study fine arts and art history
at Kutztown University.
His first job was
in public relations at Hershey Entertainment and Resort Company. He
then took a position at a small advertising agency where he was the
only artist on staff. From there, he moved to a larger agency and within
six years, he progressed from a junior artist to the senior art director.
Four years later,
in early 1994, Charlie started his own firm, Charles Moon Graphic Design.
This allowed him to embrace new multi-media technology, digital imaging,
and the internet. Charlie is one of only a handful of artists who work
in both traditional advertising and new media.
In 1999 Charles
Moon Graphic Design closed it's doors when Charlie took a permanent
position with one of his largest clients.
The wonderful people and astute business practices that Attracted Charlie
to accept the position also made the company a target for acquisition
and in 2000, they were sold to a National Corporation. By October of
2001, Charlie had been downsized and decided it was time to reconnect
with his creative roots.
I was born on a hot June afternoon in Philadelphia,
1959 (at least that's what I'm told . . . I was too young to remember).
That makes me the typical schizoid, manic, left-handed, artistic-type
Gemini. I live up to the stereotype.
guess the difference between an interest and a hobby is that interests
are things you think about and hobbies are things you actually
love listening to Jazz in almost any form from Big Band to Dixieland
to Hip Hop to classic Jazz like Ella or Count Basie to more progressive
modern artists. Some of my particular favorites are
Pat Metheny, Spyro Gyra and Benny Goodman. A few particular albums
of note are Chuck Mangione's Children of
Sanchez and Kitty Margolis' Evolution.
like reading novels based in historical time periods. Specifically
the Ancient World, medieval Europe and World War II. I have enjoyed
the entire series by Mary Renault about ancient Greece. I also enjoy
the works of Irving Stone and Noah Gordon, although the latter has
a tendency to get into almost painfully tedious description.
While I don't
collect wine per se, I do have a well stocked cellar.
I prefer a good Beaujolais or Bordeaux. Recently we have been
drinking Syrah which seems to have a lot of the same qualities
of the nouveaux's. If you like that sort of thing I would recommend
suppose I developed my love of a good red wine from my grandfather
who always had a glass of wine with dinner. As children we would
always be given that special treat at holiday meals.
So it's not
the healthiest pastime in the world. I find a good hand made premium
cigar infinitely relaxing.
entirely too much time in front of a computer, these are a few of the
activities I enjoy.
many other activities, cycling is something I can do alone. I use
to compete in college, but that sort of took all the enjoyment out
of it. To me, getting on a bike a pedaling for twenty or thirty
miles is more like therapy or a spiritual experience than exercise.
It give's me time to think while actually getting to see some scenery.
My current bike is a Cannondale frame with mostly Campagnolo components.
gentleman's (and ladies') game. Both my wife and I enjoy playing
and we are hoping our son will love it at least as much. My only
two regrets are my serve, which needs quite a bit of work, and not
getting to play more. My personal favorite player is Goran Ivanisevic.
have been building model airplanes since I was 10. I didn't really
build any in my 20's, but now that my son is showing interest (especially
after several visits to the National Air and Space Museum at the
Smithsonian) we are building them together.
a time when I could have been a professional musician (bassist).
During high school and college I played with several bands and
enjoyed it very much. The problem was that I was also drawn to
art and that either was an engrossing passion. There simply was
not enough time to do both seriously. I decided to pursue the
art end for whatever reason. I don't really regret it, but sometimes
I think about how my life might have been different (although
probably not better).