Marcy Dunn Ramsey
Artist Marcy Dunn Ramsey will be the first guest in the Children's Reading at the Bookplate on Saturday, September 21.
Ramsey has had a long and varied career in the arts as a parotrait artist, teacher, graphic designer, illustrator, printmaker and painter. She began her fine art career as a printmaker, but has been painting almost exclusively for the last eighteen years in her studio on the Chester River in Chestertown.
In Marcy's on words:
I was the little kid in grammar school who always got her hand whacked by the nun when caught drawing in the margins of her math notebook; the “class art- ist” assigned to do all the posters; the one who turned in very flimsy reports with GREAT covers; the kid coloring Queen Elizabeth’s crown jewels and fancy gowns instead of doing her homework. I have always been an artist in some way, shape or form, in the fields of graphic design, portraiture, printmaking, teaching, painting or illustrating. It’s like breathing for me and I have a hard time explaining anything without a pencil.
I came to childrens’ book illustration about 25 years ago and spent many years doing textbook art and educational materials. The income was won- derful, but after a while I needed something new, and had an opportunity to write my own story for a local publisher, and “Rosie’s Posie’s “ was born. Since then I have illustrated dozens of books, from all branches of publishing; picture books, YA jack- ets, black and white interior art for series books, ets. It has been a delightful career and working with kids has helped me maintain my sense of humor in a world that often has very little to smile about.