A recent comment prompted this "blast-from-the-past" post.
A friend thought that one of my current artworks resembled (in some ways), the illustrations of Cicely M. Barker, a renowned Christian illustrator. I'd never heard of her. And before this, another friend had referenced Tasha Tudor.
As a result of these comments, I had to ask- what artists have inspired me and how? That's a loaded question for any artist and here's an incomplete answer.
I grew up admiring traditional storybook artists like Beatrix Potter and many of the illustrations featured in the Classic Golden Books and the Dick and Jane Readers. And...we played Aesop's Fables Albums (records) over and over again.
As a parent, I enjoyed reading to my children and always looked for books with wonderful pictures to enhance the experience. We would often talk more about the pictures than the actual text. One favorite series was by Richard Scarry.
Below are samples of painted furniture inspired by my (our) love for classical children's books.
The Story of Chicken Little
More recently, I have found beastiaries.
"God made the animals. He made many different kinds of animals that live on the earth. He made the lions that roar in the jungle and He made the little rabbits. He made the mighty elephants and He made the frisky squirrels. He made the horses and the cows and the sheep and the pigs and the goats. God made all of the animals."
The Story of the Hedge Hog is explained in this very cute animated video (don't mind that it is not in English).
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