Monday, July 14, 2008

Rien Poortvliet

I was going through some more of my old books in the office today, and found several from the late Rien Poortvliet. I am very lucky to have known this wonderful, wonderful man. My father used to travel to the Netherlands, just to visit him. I was a lucky kid, allowed the chance to spend some time in his delightful studio - which gave me a sense for HOW he did what he did. He was the original one who inspired me to pursue illustration (of my own books). It was sad that he passed away years ago, as I wish he could see the book I finally created. He was very kind when I knew him, and he gave me encouragement to pursue my art… I think he would have loved to know I took his advice to heart.

I raise my sword to you, Rien!

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