After he returned to the east, he attended and graduated from Pratt Institute in New York. Al worked and lived with his sister Sally, her husband Leon and their two children Robert and Helen for several years until the late 1950's when his sister moved to a house in upstate New York. He decided to move into Manhattan where he found a small apartment on the east side of the city.
He remained there for many years, meeting people and making connections in the art world. He was able to maintain a comfortable living through his illustrating and painting, always trying to stay within his specialty and, of course, his favorite subject horses.
It was there that he met a woman named Illiana, a known and respected art dealer. Illiana became a mentor to Al, helping him find jobs and promoting his work. Over the years Illiana and Al became very close.
During the span of time Al lived in New York, he illustrated books such as the Jed McLane series, Heroic Horses, What goes on in Horses Heads and many others. He also illustrated a series of western comics through Western Publishing Company. From 1938 to 1962, Western's comics were published with the Dell Comics imprint.
In the mid 1960's Illiana contracted Alzheimers disease. Alfred devoted himself to taking care of her, neglecting his work. As her disease worsened, Al spent more time with her, taking classes on Alzheimers care and attending support groups. He remained by her side, taking on the total responsibility of her nursing care and did so until her death.
Al spent a lot of time visiting his brother Sam, who lived in North Salem , New York and owned a small horse farm. Alfred would travel back and forth from the city, spending more and more time with his brother, helping with the horses but doing very little artwork. After Sam’s death in 2000, Alfred's health deteriorated.
Now approaching the age of 80 and no longer able to properly take care of himself, Al went to live with his nephew Robert, his wife Laura and their son Kyle, where he remained for several years until his condition required close supervision and hospitalization.
In 2001, Alfred was diagnosed with Alzheimers. He passed away in March, 2009. We will always remember a kind, thoughtful and caring person, and a wonderful uncle whose passion was to draw and paint what he loved so much, horses.
Al with Niece, Helen in 2006