Editor’s note: All week long, Brittany Wait is profiling people in Sea Cliff, from community leaders to residents she meets around town.
Dimitry Schidlovsky, 54, an artist who owns a studio on Sea Cliff Avenue, has lived in Sea Cliff most of his life. He was born in Sea Cliff, but lived in New Jersey for a while and then returned.
Tell me about yourself.
I’ve had a studio here for 15 years, but I also freelance and have been making artwork for over 30 years. I got a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of New England and studied art at Parsons The New School for Design. My career started in the sciences, but I began branching out to do scientific illustrations. I was always drawing, but I decided to go to art school to learn more of the art part.
From the look of your studio, your style varies drastically from artwork to artwork. How would you describe your style?
I have a very diverse style. You can attribute that to my success over the years. I have freelanced for The New York Times and The Scientific Journal. We design websites and do corporate work. Versatility is key. I can conceptualize anything. That’s what you need to do nowadays to stay in the game. I like being able to solve problems with my craft.
You left Sea Cliff to live in New Jersey for 13 years, what brought you back to Sea Cliff?
I love Long Island and now I live here with my wife and two boys. The school district is pretty good, but the taxes are out of control. The problem with Sea Cliff is that it’s a destination place with not much of a business district. I’m certainly not making money by selling my artwork here; I have other projects.
Define the character of your community.
The community’s greatest resource is the environment we live in. There’s sailors, fisherman, poets. It’s a very vibrant place. There’s a lot of talented people who live in town.