Jon originally studied to be an architect. But at NYU he switched to math with a minor in art. Upon graduation he pursued a professional art career and was an independent illustrator, graphic and industrial designer, portrait artist and landscape painter. He also studied at the Art Students League for six months and then went to Europe to paint and draw. Upon returning he lived in the Hamptons for six months painting and drawing. He returned to NYC in 1968.
He also was a football player at NYU winning the award as the MVP in his senior year. Upon graduation he picked up rugby and continued to play until 1979, then coached and in the 1990s, refereed. He wrote the first book on coaching rugby in the US in 1974. Rugby: A Guide to Coaches, Players and Spectators.
Jon became a scholarship member of the Salmagundi Club in 1968 by winning one of the Washington Square Outdoor Art Show awards. The Salmagundi Club is the oldest professional art organization in the United States. Its membership includes such famous artists as Edward Hopper and William Merritt Chase. Over the years he has won many awards at the Club's Exhibitions, especially in the 70s, 80s and early 90s as he continued to earn a living as a professional artist . He is also a professional member of the Society of Illustrators where has won numerous awards as well.
In 1995 Jon dropped out of art as a profession and concentrated on one of his inventions: a quick erect shelter system trademarked DRASH. Jon has over 25 patents. He and his wife built this invention into a $100M business, which they still own and operate today. In 2008 he decided to return to art and began painting and drawing.
In addition to his degree from NYU Jon has an MBA from Bernard Baruch Graduate School of Business and a MS in Engineering from NYU Polytechnic Institute.
His philosophy is: " Art is like any activity in life, you need to practice and practice; nothing good comes easy and talent alone will not work."