Norman Rockwell’s work was all around me growing up. He was more or less the only “real” painter - not like the forbidden black light posters of Jack Kirby or the unacceptable airbrushed vans in the style of Frank Frazetta.
His paintings graced greeting cards in my neighbors' stationery store. I saw them on the covers of TV Guide. I was doing a jigsaw puzzle of "Shuffleton's Barbershop" when word of Richard Nixon’s resignation arrived in distant Leadville, Colorado. And to say I empathized with "The Girl with the Black Eye” would be an understatement. So imagine my surprise at a book called “America’s Great Illustrators”, and the revelation that Rockwell himself was a fan of the brilliant JC Leyendecker and his brother Frank (as well as NC Wyeth and Maxfield Parrish).
Since then, the list of greats has only grown in my heart and on my bookshelves - from Dean Cornwell to Mead Schaeffer, from Nicholas Roerich to Frank Brangwyn. It is an honor to get to play in their sandbox.
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