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Barbara Bradley 1927-2008

MAY 3, 2008
Painting by Barbara Bradley, 2008
Barbara Bradley, the beloved drawing teacher of generations of illustrators, passed away yesterday following a tragic automobile accident a day earlier. This terrible news comes on the one year anniversary of her being awarded the 2007 Distinguished Educator of the Arts award from the Society of Illustrators.

Today is an incomprehensibly sad day for the hundreds of former students she infused with a love of drawing over her fifty year teaching career, which she began after many  years working at the Cooper Studios in New York. Many of her students have gone on to become noted illustrators and teachers themselves.

Lief Peng posted a beautiful, eloquent tribute to Barbara here.

Barbara sent a jpeg of the above painting to me just a week ago. She said "I'm still not doing enough painting but find it fun to do a few little things, especially as Birthday or thank you cards.  Attached is what began as a rough but one I rather liked.  Began in watercolor and switched to guauche.     Daffodil Hill on a misty day in March.  I like the intended-to-crop-but-didn't-edges best"