BULLETIN: Thanks to Jana Foster, who teaches at Maumee Valley Country Day School in Toledo, Ohio, we’ve just been joined by three of her 6th grade poets, Fareid El Gafy, Cecily White, and Anne Fox-Strauss. Fareid and Cecily have contributed poetry before and all three students are quite good. Be sure you look them up and let them know you’ve read their work. Tomorrow is the beginning of spring break so these young students and their teacher have gone the extra mile to make it before the break!
For anyone who has seen Dan Burr’s work, hearing directly from him about his painting and background holds special interest. I’ll feature Dan as my guest tomorrow, Friday. For today, here is what he has to say in a brief bio.
My education as an artist began very early in life, spending countless hours at my fathers easel, watching him paint fostered what would become a natural progression to my career as an illustrator of the world I love so much.
I was raised in the mountains of Northern Utah, spending time with my family camping and fishing all around the western US, I learned at an early age to love the out of doors and wild places found there.
In 1984 I married Patti, She encouraged me to start my formal training at a University. In 1989 I finished my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Utah State University, Patti and I moved to Connecticut where I would go on to pursue my career as an illustrator in New York City. After five years in the “Big City”, the lure of home moved us back to the West.
“I love to paint and draw. Making a picture for me is magical, whether I’m painting a fisherman in his favorite stream or a small child reading about pirates digging for treasure, it doesn’t matter to me, it’s all about telling a story with imagery. Painting is what I do, it comes as natural to me as walking, I suppose that’s because it ‘s been part of my life for as long as I can remember”.
Patti and I live in Tetonia Idaho with our two great kids. I continue to work as an Illustrator for a variety of clients and publishers and plan to do so, unless I get tired of painting, I don’t think that will happen.
In 2005 I earned my Masters Degree in illustration from Syracuse University. I am presently working on a variety of children’s book projects and I teach illustration classes’ part time at BYU-Idaho. This is my 21st year in the business of illustration and I continue to be inspired and excited about new possibilities for paintings that will turn into good books.
With my thanks to Dan for agreeing to be my guest. See you tomorrow.