Illustrator Mary Hamilton
One of my favorite "go-to" books on my bookshelf when I was younger was the 1968 Hallmark Editions book God Is Everywhere, written by Barbara Burrow and illustrated by Mary Hamilton.
I had no idea until Googling her name this morning who she was AND that she, as of the article, was still at Hallmark. That's right. The New York Times featured Mary in an article in December of 2010. Mary has worked there for 55 years (since she was 19 and fresh out of the Kansas City Art Institute) and has produced more than 3,000 designs!
The article goes on to say that, "though her color palette has brightened over the years and animal heads have shrunk a bit from cartoonish proportions of earlier years, her distinctive style (soft paintings she calls “cutes”) and her choice of subject (small animals, angels, sprites and, most frequently, teddy bears) remain much the same."
What drew me to this book time and time again as a child? Besides the compassionate and reassuring text, it was the darling illustrations, the soft and lush texture of the paintings and the adorable dogs, birds, ducks, squirrels and teddy bears. The "cutes". Yes, these absolutely were some of the cutest illustrations my young eyes had seen. And know I know a little bit more about the very talented woman who created them. And so do you. Thank you, interwebs.
Mary is also featured prominently in the book Hallmark: A Century of Caring, by Patrick Regan.
God Is Everywhere
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