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Inwood artists delight in painting portraits of all kinds.Herald Community Newspaper

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By Rayanna Shwom

A psychic once told Michael Delia that in his previous life he was a 16th-century Italian artist. Although he is without his more than 400 years worth of work, Delia’s artistic career in this life was no less interesting.

A local artist from Inwood, Delia has been drawing since she was five years old. Living on Long Island helped spark his career as an artist.He was able to take the Long Island Railroad into the city and visit museums, which gave him inspiration for his work. was able to gather and develop an interest in art at an early age.

The beauty of Long Island inspired his artistic vision, especially the beautiful homes across the island.
At the age of 13, I started selling my work and was able to fulfill my dream of becoming a professional artist.

For over 40 years, he worked primarily as an editorial article illustrator for over 50 magazines, including Firehouse magazine and PTN Publishing.

When the recession hit in 2008, he lost his job at Plastics Technology magazine and decided to start a freelance art company called Designs by Delia. Throughout his career, he has won numerous awards, including Art His Directors Club Desi Award for Outstanding Design and American His In-House Award for Graphic Design.

However, Delia became seriously ill in 2015 and was forced to leave the company. Rather than seeing his illness as a setback, he saw it as an opportunity to return to what inspired him to become an artist in the first place: painting.

During his illness, art was one of the only things he felt he could really control. Painting helped him relax and free himself from his worries. He started selling colored pencil illustrations of pets, people, and homes to earn his living and get through the difficult times in his life.

“When I was working, one thing that was always in the back of my mind was that when I retired, I wanted to get back to painting. It was my passion,” Delia said. — and what I really want to do. That was a really big help. it pulled me.

Delia continues to work with her favorite colored pencils. By controlling the colored pencils, I can bring out the finer details of my work. These portraits are more than just sketches, they are a keepsake of the buyer’s memories.

“I get a lot of requests from people who want me to draw a picture of their deceased pet, or they want me to draw a picture of the house they grew up in when they move out. It makes me feel good knowing that I am giving these people memories.

One of his favorite works of art has preserved one of his own memories: a portrait of a dog from his college days. Protected by a gold frame, the piece hangs in Delia’s home as a reminder of her beloved pet.
“I like to immerse myself in my work,” recalls Delia. When you get my art, you get something that not only pleases you, but also pleases me. ”

When not working on her art, Delia enjoys playing with her 3-year-old grandson, walking her dog, and reading.

To learn more about Delia, see more of his artwork, or purchase customized pieces, visit his website He can be reached by email at or text at (516) 376-1409.