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“Take Flight” Wayne Geehan 12” x 16” color illustration of a young boy dressed in medieval clothing being carried away by a green dragon. In the background there is a castle on cliff overlooking the sea. An archer stands on the castle tower aiming a bow and arrow at the boy and dragon as they fly out of reach.

“Take Flight”

Artist: Wayne Geehan, Acton

Description: 12” x 16” Illustration for a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference

Artist Statement: I was diagnosed at the age of 30 with MS, and now I am 70 years old. I am a freelance Commercial Artist and Illustrator of games, jigsaw puzzles, and an illustrator of over 18 Children’s Books. Within 5 years of my diagnosis I lost control of my right side of my body, and being right handed, I learned how to write, draw, and paint LEFT handed. I walk with a cane and wear a leg brace. The piece of art I submitted represents ME and the “Barriers I Broke” over the 40 years as an illustrator. I am married and my wife and I raised four children, three of them are married. We are Grandparents. I have a studio in Concord, MA were I illustrate my children’s books and I also paint marine art, still lifes, and landscapes. I painted “Take Flight” for a Society of Children’s Book Conference a number of years ago. The theme of the Conference was a contest to illustrate a painting that represents the double meaning of taking flight. I won second place in the contest with my fantasy painting “Take Flight.”

About the Artist: Wayne has been a commercial artist and illustrator for over forty years. He has worked as a freelance illustrator for various businesses and publishers and has illustrated jigsaw puzzles, games, magazine covers, art for advertising, along with over eighteen children’s books. Wayne’s first venture in children’s books were to illustrate 48 page illustrated classics for Troll Publishing. The books were Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Journey to the Center of the Earth, by Jules Verne, and Men of Iron, by Howard Pyle. For over fifteen years Wayne has illustrated the popular and successful “Math Adventure” children’s books for Charlesbridge Publishing, Watertown, MA with a total of thirteen Math adventure books to date. Wayne has also written four children’s stories with jigsaw puzzles for BePuzzled University Games. Wayne lives with his wife, Susan, in Acton, MA, has four grown children and at this time two Grandchildren. When Wayne was 30 years old he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. His MS is in remission and only effects his right side of his body. He wears a leg brace, walks with a cane, and once right handed, now writes and paints with his left hand.

See Wayne’s illustrations on waynegeehan.com

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