The Hudson Children's Book Festival, in Hudson, NY, is fairly new and growing in popularity. This year I was one of the authors and illustrators signing books and I also presented a workshop. Many people came to my table to buy a book or just talk. I even had a visit from old neighbors I hadn't seen in about 35 years who had seen an article about me in the local newspaper! The photos show them as well as my workshop.
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.