Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Trina Schart Hyman was born April 8, 1939. I had the very great honor and pleasure of knowing Trina---we lived not far from each other, I in Vermont and Trina in New Hampshire, for a number of years. Trina was a brash, outspoken, electrifying person, and her art reflected her personality. Her books received many awards for illustration.  Some of them also had the distinction of appearing on lists of Banned Books!
Whatever Trina illustrated came alive in her exuberant art that leaps off the page with its vitality.
Her handling of black and white media was masterful. And she gave her very best to every piece she created, no matter how insignificant it might have seemed to others.
She gave her readers new insights into innumerable fairy tales... 
...and folk tales. Trina's work speaks for itself---its strength, competence, the emotion it carries, the skill with which it was executed, all are so apparent to the viewer. All I can say is that Trina was a Great Master of the art of children's books. She died in 2004 of breast cancer. The world of illustration was greatly diminished by her death.
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