The world's many scripts offer a wealth of traditions that I
have enjoyed exploring for many years. I studied Chinese
language at the University of Pennsylvania and went on to
study Chinese calligraphy with Yao You-xin and Chen Lok Lee.
During residence in Bangalore, India, I not only had the chance
to study Kannada, but to do a large number of calligraphy
commissions for posters, book covers and other publications.
The Hebrew alphabet is part of a long tradition of both
traditional and contemporary forms, and is one of the first
scripts I learned after writing in Persian and English.
I studied classical Greek in high school and obtained one of my
first professional commissions writing out a menu for a
restaurant in Athens in 1978. Restaurant work provided
another learning opportunity when I mastered the Amharic
alphabet during my stint as co-owner of Nyala Ethiopian
Restaurant in Philadelphia in the 1980s.
If you have requirements for any alphabets or scripts,
mentioned here or not, please contact me. I look forward to
hearing from you.
Stewart J. Thomas