Vincent Van Toad, acrylic on canvas by Paul Zdepski
Painted for a short children's story by Lisa Linn Arroniz called The Frog Prints. It ran as the front cover for the arts magazine, The Main ARTery in Martinsburg WV. The art director, David Heatwole gave me the directions to “do something for the story”. Which I did. I wondered, what would a painting by Vincent Van Toad look like… I couldn’t paint lily pads, cornfields or irises, but a self-portrait was obvious! Winner of the Silver Medal - Book Category, Illustrators Club of DC, MD and VA's 14th Annual Juried Show - 2008
I had a special write up in the Washington Post Weekend section on the IC 14th’s show on May 30th, 2008 and you can read the stories here: The Story Behind the Work (featuring my painting and quotes) The Parent Story: Who Needs Words? The Pictures Say It All. It's a RARE thing to have Illustration treated as "Art" in a Major Newspaper... I'm pleased to be part of the story.