The second annual Empire State Book Festival, held on 4/2/11, had much to offer attendees. Great speakers and programs as well as the chance to meet and greet authors and illustrators. I saw some old friends there and made some new ones as well. For a number of reasons the attendance was not up from last year but the energy and interest from participants was. I hope to be back again next year.
I was an artist as a child and am still creating art.
As a boy I drew pictures while studying the works of comic book artists and Michelangelo. With no art classes in elementary thru high school, I was left on my own to discover the how and why of art. It was Burne Hogarth who wrote a letter of recommendation for me to get into the School Of Visual Arts in NYC. I learned how to say what I wanted to say in a painting and make it an illustration, a unique craft of thinking, drawing and communicating. I began getting freelance illustration work before I graduated. Work grew steadily and after a few years I began illustrating children's books. With more that seventy books to my credit, I was the recipient of the 2012 Rip Van Winkle Award for my contribution to children's literature.
I developed my own vision in my fine art paintings. I painted the places and things I knew best. My work was soon accepted into juried exhibitions at the North East Watercolor Society and The American Artists Professional League. I was a board member for Barrett Art Center and am an adjunct lecturer in the Studio Art Department of Marist College.