October 2023 – New WSA Member Judith Caseley was the featured artist in The Art Guild of Port Washington Newsletter
Congratulations to our New WSA Member
for being the Member Artist Profile in
The Art Guild of Port Washington
October Newsletter 2023!
The following text was wonderfully described in the Member Spotlight:
Judith Caseley is author/illustrator of over forty books for children. She grew up in Cranford, New Jersey and loved drawing movie stars in evening gowns when she discovered Hollywood classic films while babysitting. Her parents restricted television to Friday and Saturday night, so she babysat a lot.
She went to Syracuse University, and decided to major in English. After taking an elective in painting, the professor told her that she should switch her major to art. Another teacher advised her to switch back to literature, so she did an independent study in children’s illustration, combining art and story writing, and found her niche.
In 1973 she moved to England and married Roger Caseley, the young man she had met on her junior year abroad. She began work at Sotheby’s Auctioneers, doing greeting cards of animals on the side.
Commissions followed, and a sold out London gallery show of her work. Homesick, she took the proceeds and went back to New York. Her husband remained in England.
Caseley remarried, and had two children, Jenna and Michael. Their antics, and her own childhood, spurred her into writing books about homesickness, stage fright, letter writing, pets, depression, adoption, and sisters. She has been published by Greenwillow Books, Harper Collins, Farrar Straus, Alfred A Knopf, Tanglewood, and Full Cycle Publications. She kept the name Caseley, and is still friends with Roger.
In 2017, she had dinner at Tupelo Honey in Sea Cliff, New York, and fell in love with the mosaics that covered the walls. With the help of her partner George, who bought her nippers and tile, she began an alphabet book which took her over three years to complete. Z is for Zebra: a Mosaic Menagerie won an ELit bronze award and was displayed for over a year at the Toledo Zoo. After a break from mosaics, she began painting and collage, and entered a few shows at the Art Guild. It was a gift being accepted and finding other artists. She joined Women Sharing Art which cemented that feeling of a community of artists.
Judith recently gave a book to a new father who worked at her favorite pizza parlor.
“Why don’t I know about this, after twenty years?” he asked her.
“I talk about my grandchildren,” she told him.
Judith is currently working on her 41st book. She still loves old Hollywood, flowers and animals, and brags about her grandchildren.
~ ~ ~ CONGRATULATIONS JUDE! ~ ~ ~