August 17, 2017

A Salute to the Illustrator

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Illustration by George Danby

Since going online mid-December with farming essays published at GardenMaine.com, I’ve received multiple and consistent compliments ― about the very cool illustrations.  I’m flattered but George Danby is the wonderful illustrator making my essays look so good ― literally.

It’s human nature to covet compliments.  This is particularly true of authors working in a field where compliments are few and far between and financial rewards even scarcer.  But I refuse to fall into that trap.

One of the biggest reasons people read my essays ― if they do ― is George Danby’s illustrations.  In the compliment-starved world of artistic endeavor I want to be the first to say, “Thank you, George,” and give credit where it’s due.

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Illustration by George Danby

What sealed the validity of this observation was my friend Martha Hsu writing me a lovely letter from L.A. saying how much she enjoyed GardenMaine.com.  I puffed up, a glowing balloon.  Then she went on to explain that it was the illustrations that did the trick, “They’re very good.”

So they are.

I hope everyone reading this takes the time to thank George for his efforts.

I certainly do.  Please don’t imagine for an instant, George, that your efforts go unappreciated, least of all by me.

―  John F. Chisholm