Although John Kascht's illustrations have appeared off and on over the years in publications that I art directed, it wasn't until I was at Reader's Digest a few years ago that we really had a sustained period of working together. We needed to find someone who could do celebrity portraits for the popular back page quotes column, and John was the perfect choice. I’ve always admired his graceful style, the way he makes everyone look so engaging and delightful (and he art is the same!). Of course the fact that John had a brilliant career as an art director at the Washington Times newspaper only made me like him more! John (and his work) are real treasures, unique, full of joy, and with a strong nod to an earlier era of illustrative craftmanship.
I’m very happy that John has contributed three illustrations to the Friends of Bob Newman online benefit auction. The auction is organized to raise funds to help defray the cost of medical bills and living expenses after my serious accident last spring. Even better, one of John’s illustrations is of Pete Seeger, the legendary folk singer and political activist who was one of my favorite musicians, and whose children’s songs and stories were the soundtrack to my daughters’ early years. You can bid on this marvelous Pete Seeger illustration by John Kascht here: . And of course you can also bid on over 140 other great illustrations and photographs by 70 stellar artistic talents.
Thanks so much to John for contributing this Pete Seeger illustration to the auction, and thanks to all the other artists for their contributions, too.