26 April 2012


This past winter, Montserrat hosted their annual Illustration Theme Show. This year... it was OZ. The students work was not only wondrous, but so delightfully varied with their approach. I highly suggest both current students and the public to take notice of this show next year. An additional pleasure was to have Anne Moore from Candlewick Press to guest jury the show. Anne has been a long time friend and one of my oldest publishing contacts. I remember vividly how kind she was when she walked by my table at an alumni sale. It was right after graduation and I was trying anything to make a bit of money off my art. Anne walked by, came in closer, and said she liked my tiny painted portraits. Then... she gave me her card and I was forever afterward sending her postcard after postcard. Without her kindness that day, who knows if the poor sales (actually... I think I sold 3 paintings, framed for about $20 each) at the sale would have discouraged me from sharing my art with the public. In appreciation of her support, this Flying Red Shanked Douc Langur will hopefully give her luck much like her business card gave me.
Aren't the Langur's so crazy looking? I instantly became infatuated with these critters. They look like the escaped from the Jim Henson muppet shop.

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