About Jerry Dowling

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A Windsor, Ontario native, Jerry Dowling graduated from the Ontario College of Art (Toronto) with honors in Advertising Design/Illustration in 1962. One of his instructors at OCA was Duncan Macpherson, the editorial cartoonist with the Toronto Star. After spending a few successful years as a package designer for Hiram Walker Distillery, he began drawing editorial cartoons for The Windsor Herald, Liberal Action and The Detroit News. The Cincinnati Enquirer benefited from Dowling's artistry beginning in 1967. He stayed there 28 years. During that time, he did some editorial cartooning, filling in for L.D.Warren and Jim Borgman during their vacations and sabbaticals. He also created and drew a local daily comic strip called "F. Stop Fitzgerald" for 14 months. Sports cartooning was always his main goal, and he got into it at The Enquirer and stayed with it. He did a regular feature called "Pen-Pourri" until 1994, and created a little guy named "Dirty Rat", who became a regular in Dowling's work. He also created the visual version of "The Big Red Machine". Dowling left The Enquirer in 1995 to become a full time freelance artist. He recently published his fifth book, DRAWING GRAND OLE COUNTRY…THE WAY IT WAS!, a 112 page full color book containing over 300 drawings. He lives in Hebron, KY (south of Cincinnati) with wife Gerri, near daughter Karen. He has one son-in-law, four grandchildren and one dog Arthur. He drew weekly cartoons for the Cincinnati Reds website. He illustrated the Reds 2003 Spring Training program cover. Dowling drew covers and cartoons for Cincinnati CityBeat, an alternative tabloid, for a dozen years. Other clients have been The Sporting News, The Tennessean (Nashville), Cincinnati Magazine, Paramount's Kings Island, The Cincinnati Cyclones, American Electric Power, Gibson Toys and several radio and television stations. He also does corporate promotional illustrations and party caricatures. He has worked with PFC (Positive Feedback Communications) designing music graphics. Dowling's work is featured in books Cincinnati Illustrated, Drawing Attention, The Big Red Machine, The First Boys of Summer, The Big Red Dynasty, Beware...The Song Shark, The Inner Game of Music, Golf in the Comic Strips and The National Cartoonists Society Annual. Dowling is a lifetime member of the Baseball Writers Association of America (was a Hall of Fame voter) and also is a member of the ISCA (International Society of Caricature Artists). He has won numerous awards during his career, including Best of Gannett (1980) and Newspaper Illustration Division Reuben Award (NCS 1994). He was inducted into the Cincinnati Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 for his hockey art. In 2017, Jerry was inducted into the Cincinnati chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists Hall of Fame.