ABOUT STEVEN JAMES PETRUCCIO

  • Like so many artists, I began by copying comic book characters as a young boy. With no art classes in school I put together a portfolio of my best drawings and showed them to Burne Hogarth who wrote a letter of recommendation for me to attend the School of Visual Arts in NYC.  I started getting editorial illustration assignments even before graduating from SVA. I soon made my way into children’s books and, eighty-something books later,  I still love bringing stories to life with pictures.  I’ve won Parents’ Choice Awards for many of the nature books I illustrated and was awarded the Rip van Winkle Award for my contribution to children’s literature in the Hudson Valley.  My work was included in the exhibition American Nostalgia:  Contemporary Artists Pay Tribute to Norman Rockwell.  I do many school, library and museum visits presenting my program and workshops. I’m an adjunct professor in the Studio Arts Department at Marist College as well.   I’m a past board member and president of the Dutchess County Art Association. I create fine art for regional exhibition and have had work accepted into national shows including The American Artists Professional League, The North East Watercolor Society and the Kent Art Association.  I continue to illustrate many books with an emphasis on very high quality for my clients and audience..

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • Telling stories with pictures is what I love to do.  Working with art directors and editors to create successful books enables me to use my talent and skill in a format that is accessible to all.  I approach every story with the goal of making the best pictures possible and that means being open to suggestions, doing whatever research is needed and devoting my time to the art. Picture book illustration is a unique art form which is educational, entertaining, decorative and illustrative at the same time.  

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