My Neighbor’s Garden, 2000
Oil on canvas
49 x 37 inches
Gift of Barbara & Robert R. Glauber
Born in Harlem, New York in 1923, Ashley Bryan is an American writer, storyteller, and beloved illustrator of children's books. He was the U.S. nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2006, winner of the Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his contribution to American children's literature in 2009.
Bryan attended the Cooper Union Art School and studied philosophy at Columbia University. He earned a Fulbright scholarship to study art in Europe and later became head of the art department at Dartmouth College. The artist lives on Little Cranberry Island, off the coast of Maine. His art studio, often open to visitors, is filled with toys, paintings, illustrations, and handmade puppets.
Painting this lush, late-summer garden adjacent to his island home is one of Ashley's major preoccupations in the summer and fall.
My Neighbor's Garden can be viewed in the Charles A. Dana Building- DL1 Lank Imaging.