Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Golden Pathway, illustrator interview with K.C. Snider

Often times the illustrator does not receive the kudos for their hardwork in making the authors words come alive with their vibrant illustrations and I wanted to take the time out to share with you an interview with the illustator of The Golden Pathway, K.C. Snider that is included in the teacher's guide.

K.C. Snider, a prominent Oregon artist, has branched out into a variety of styles and subjects. Her collection of oil paintings, lithographs, and pencil drawings include the All-American Cowboy and Cowgirl and their historical lifestyles with magnificent wolves, buffalo herds, eagles and birds of prey along with horses and domestic animals. Her artwork has won numerous awards including the Snaffle Bit Award and the Pioneer Award.
Snider lives in the high desert with majestic views of the Cascade Mountains' snow capped peaks. K.C. also illustrates children's books: Alleycat; The Christmas Angel; Preston, the Not-So-Perfect Pig; One Family's Christmas; Cartwheel Annie; The Magic Violin; Does Heaven Get Mail?; Andy & The Albino Horse Series; Baby Jesus is Missing' Katydidn't; A Short Tale About a Long Tail; Monster Maddie; RV Mouse & Ruthie and the Hippo's Fat Behind.

A three piece triptych from the second book in the Andy & the Albino Horse Series won 1st Place in The Western Art Roundup 2008 and another Andy story triptych won 2nd Place in The Western Art Roundup 2009.
1. How did you become artist/illustrator?

I attended commercial art school and graduated as a commercial artist in the late 1970’s. I have been working for Guardian Angel Publishing for about 5 years, now.

2. What inspires you as an artist?

Everything around me! Everything around us is art.
3. Tell us about your experience illustrating The Golden Pathway, and how closely did you work with Donna on the project?

I worked very closely with Donna in researching for historical accuracy. A lot of email flew back and forth between us.
4. What advice do you have for young, aspiring illustrators?

Draw a lot and learn as many styles as you possibly can. Success is in being versatile and being able to draw anything from realism to cartoon.

My heartfelt thank you goes out to K.C. for bringing the story of The Golden Pathway to life!

Fred and K.C. Snider

Snider Art Studio

Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful blog you have. I want to write a book one day!


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