The Littlest Artist, cover of SPIDER magazine
Acryla gouache on Bristol board
Collection of the artist
And so I really wanted to create some insects that I thought would be friendly, and funny, and interesting, and in the world of fairy, have them cavorting with frogs in tail coats and little baby fairies. Which brings to mind like the images of Richard Doyle’s Fairyland. But the thing that I love the most about this painting are the insects. And my editor at Simon and Schuster at the time saw that cover and realized that I could paint insects, and consequently he made me an offer to illustrate a book that he was working on about insects, and that book happened to be the Spider and the Fly.