On Friday evening Feb 4th, the Annual Editorial and Book Preview and Award Ceremony took place at the SOI. My staff and I attended and as always had a wonderful time mingling, catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. I thought that the show was an honest reflection of where illustration is today. You might say that classic painting and digital art now co-habit the same space and time.
We took snapshots of the scene and I'm including images of artworks done by artists that are in our group.
Life can be rather serendipitous in our business. Some time ago, an artist contacted me, as so many do, and sent along his portfolio. My staff, who always looks at submissions first said to me "You should check this guy out." I was very impressed. And we wrote back and forth to each other. I didn't realize at the time that he was coming to NY from France to pick up a gold medal. Right before the award ceremony, my assistant Kay tapped me on the shoulder and said "That artist we all like is here tonight... Talk to him." After congratulating him for winning his medal, I asked him to come by the office on Monday to chat and to bring along his portfolio. To make a long story short, his name is Thomas Ehretsmann... he brought his portfolio and his originals which blew us all away. He's got a signature style and a consistent body of work that reminds me of the classic painter, La Tour.
Before he left for France, he and I agreed to work together. Just shows you if an agent keeps his mind open to change, you never know where you will find great talent.