Artist Showcase - Michael Kucharski


I have been drawing since kindergarten fortunately I’ve gotten better. I now, follow instructions. I was ten years old when I discovered Howard Pyle’s The Story of King Arthur in a small two-room public library. The stories and images of heroic knights and fair ladies captured my imagination. My childhood summers were spent playing in Michigan’s northern forests during the day, and reading and drawing in the evenings. Some 6,000+ novels later, I am still addicted. Many years later, when Phage Press was preparing to reprint Henry Kuttner’s Dark World, Erick Wujcik would appreciate my love of books, commenting in his editorial, "Believe me, it’s great to have a well-read artist around".

My "serious" art education began while in high school when I enrolled in the Famous Artist Correspondence Course and finished a Major in Illustration from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit. Since graduation I have been a graphic designer, art director, cartoonist, art teacher, and an illustrator working in all imaginable fields.

My involvement in science fiction and fantasy began earlier in the late sixties, with selling in SF convention art shows and doing work for fanzines. In the eighties, I began doing book and magazine illustration. In 1991, I was part of the In Dreams Awake: Art of Fantasy exhibition at the Olympia & York in Manhattan.

I have also worked in the museum industry designing exhibits, designing street banners and billboards, painting murals, and designing educational outreach books & posters.

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Artwork: The Winter Faerie Queen's Farewell Kiss