I love Wade Zahares’ work– the vibrant colors he uses, the childlike innocence of them, and the whimsy and contentment they exude. Wade started out as a muralist (see last photo below), before becoming well known as a children’s book illustrator, and doing what he calls “magical realism.”
Some artist friends and I have been invited to visit with him soon, so I’ll report back next week with some photos of a day in his studio. It will be great to meet another pastellist I admire.
Meanwhile, check out his work in this post to see what makes his work so beguiling. You can also watch this short interview with him on YouTube (he never plans on retiring), and can see a lot more of his art on Instagram, as well as on his website.