Well, we are now just about two weeks away from the start of our 2015 conference, Spring: From the Bay to the Mountains. I am excited!
And according to Sue Poduska and Sue Peters, our Co-Regional Advisors, “E.B. Lewis, our keynote speaker, is reason enough to attend. His artist’s eye and imagination have created moving stories and a dynamic career. You’ll admire and be inspired.”
“Artistrator” E. B. Lewis has illustrated sixty-five books for children, winning numerous awards over his career including the 2003 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for Nikki Grimes’ Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman. He tells stories through his fine art as well as his illustrations for children’s literature; his beautiful watercolor paintings are owned by numerous private collectors and sold by art galleries throughout the United States.
His motto: “Waiting for inspiration is a luxury you can’t afford to live by.”
He is from Philadelphia, and his artistic talent was apparent even in childhood and nurtured early. Lewis is a graduate of the Temple University Tyler School of Art. He taught art in public schools for twelve years, and now teaches at the University of Arts in Philadelphia. He is a member of The Society of Illustrators in New York City. He is a mentor with amazing energy.
He’s also charming and entertaining, and a terrific guy who doesn’t easily lose his cool — I know this first-hand. E.B. Lewis was a member of the guest faculty for the 2011 Tri-Regional SCBWI Conference in Gettysburg, PA, and I was his chauffeur. We got lost (briefly!) and although I admit to being a bit flustered, Lewis kept his sense of humor as we figured out where we needed to go.
I am looking forward to seeing him again and hearing him speak at our upcoming conference, and I’ll bet you are, too. If you’d like to see his gorgeous artwork and learn more about his workshops and other activities, please visit his website.