Recently while in California our MFA group was lucky enough to have the opportunity of spending the day with one of our wonderful instructors Alice "Bunny" Carter and her mother Jane Eisenstat. Bunny Carter is an amazing instructor, illustrator, and author , her recent publications include :
The Art of National Geographic: One Hundred Years of Illustration, (National Geographic, 1999), The Red Rose Girls: An Uncommon Story of Art and Love, (Abrams, 2000 and 2002), The Essential Thomas Eakins, (Abrams, 2001), and Cecilia Beaux: A Modern Painter in The Gilded Age, (Rizzoli, 2005) .
Alice "Bunny" Carter grew up in an environment comprised of illustration, both her mother Jane and her father Ben were working illustrators heavily involved in the field. Their lovely home in San Jose where we visited and Alice Carter grew up is full of illustration , flat file upon flat file, wall to wall, the collection is amazing. The Eisenstat's collection includes the work of numerous prolific illustrators as well as some others that I had never heard of but wished I had . Below are just a few of the many pieces of illustration that make up the staggering Eisenstat collection. I have labeled them to the best of my knowledge , and a few remain unknown to me. I am as sure as the sun will come up in the morning that Jane Eisenstat would know exactly who the artist is and any other information one would need to know about the artist. Jane is a wonderful woman and possesses an endless amount of knowledge and insight to the world of illustration. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity of meeting such a genuine gem of a person.
Special thanks to Eisenstats for sharing their collection with us.
Illustrators Chuck Primo ,Greg Newbold,
Chad Grohman ,David Brinley, and Dianne Samet
look over the shoulder of Jane Eisenstat as she
shares an enlightening bit of information about a