Amy Kuhl Cox
About the Illustrator
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Amy Kuhl Cox received a BFA in Art Therapy and Photography from Millikin University, and a Masters degree in Art History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A Montessori-educated child herself, Amy received her American Montessori Society Primary certification from Lander University in Greenwood, SC and served as a Primary Directress in Simpsonville, SC. Amy has worked as a Montessori artist-in-residence, a Modern Art History instructor, an Education Director at an area Arts Center, and a guest lecturer for parent education workshops. Amy operates her small business "Magdalene" from her home in South Carolina where she lives with her husband and two children. She sells her handmade jewelry, designs promoting peace, and educational materials online at <http://www.amykuhlcox.etsy.com> and <http://www.zazzle.com/peacemontessori*>.
Artist's Creative Statement:
My process of illustration for Am I Like My Daddy? began with conceptual drawings and photographing models for Grace and her mother. I hand-drew the illustrations with pencil and subsequently inked them with Pigma Micron pens. Each intersection between lines is contoured to resemble leading between stained glass panels. I then scanned and completed the illustrations in Photoshop.
After photographing the windows of Grace Episcopal Church in Anderson, South Carolina, I used the computer to "paint" the colors and textures from the stained glass into each "pane" within my drawing. Illustrations of Grace's "constructed memories" were then printed onto canvas, treated with watercolor crayons, sewn with a sewing machine, and re-scanned into the computer. In depicting Grace's personal and hopeful journey of discovery, I explored the support system of grief, in which parent and child support each other. Physical artifacts from her father surround Grace, and I used Grace's journaling to comprise the form of her father as she learns about him through loved ones' memories.
Children's Book illustrated by Amy Kuhl Cox
Am I Like My Daddy? by Marcy Blesy
illustrated by Amy Kuhl Cox
ISBN 978-0-9819591-3-9, 40 pages (10" X 8”) paperback © 2012
$12.00 plus $2.50 postage (pre-publication orders only until publication forthcoming in October 2012)
Grace is a little girl who wonders if she is anything like her daddy. She uses the process of journaling to discover more about her deceased father. For more information on Am I Like My Daddy? visit <http://www.bronzemanbooks.com> or e-mail Randy Brooks at <email@example.com>.
Am I Like My Daddy?. Bronze Man Books, Millikin University, (Decatur, IL), 2012.