Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Steve Buchanan, stamp artist

The Associated Press did a nice piece on artist Steve Buchanan which ran in the Worcester Telegram and other papers around the country.

Buchanan is among a handful of artists that create original artwork for U.S. postage stamps. His past work includes photo-realistic stamps picturing insects, spiders, motorcycles, vegetables, tropical flowers, carnivorous plants, reptiles and amphibians.

He also did the artwork for the "Pollinators" set of four which will be released later this year.

According to AP reporter Jim Moore, Buchanan traded a life of concert halls and classrooms for brushes and bugs, and he’s never looked back. Buchanan, 57, learned to draw in his 30s while teaching classical piano at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

The article also reports that a film crew for the History Channel recently shot footage in Buchanan’s studio. The film will be released soon for viewing in post offices around the country showing how a stamp is made.

Shown above in an AP photo, Buchanan sits in his Winsted, Conn., studio.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM