Normand Chartier: Biography
Normand Chartier is a Connecticut artist, who lives in the rural "Quiet Corner" of the state. He is an accomplished rising watercolorist and a nationally celebrated children's book illustrator. His luminous impressionistic watercolor paintings have won numerous awards and have found their way into more than two hundred and fifty public and private collections around the entire country. He is an elected artist member of the Mystic Art Association (Mystic, CT) and is a past member of the Northeast Connecticut Artist's Guild and the Boothbay (Maine) Region Art Foundation.
DOWN EAST BOOKS of Camden Maine recently published a 96 page volume on Normand titled "My Maine, the Coastal Watercolors of Normand Chartier". It is a compendium of 90 of his works spanning the last two decades, reflecting his love of that region and of painting itself.
As an illustrator he specializes in children's art. He has illustrated more than seventy children's books (authoring three). He contributes regularly to the finest children's periodicals such as Cricket, Lady Bug, Spider, and Sesame Street magazines.
Some of the numerous honors he has received include his selection to the New York Society of Illustrators Original Art Exhibition three times. He is listed in Gale Research’s Something About The Author and is included in North Light Book’s The Very Best of Children’s Book Illustration.
In 1996 he was awarded the Gold Medallion for the best preschool children’s picture book of the year from the Christian Publishers Association. In 1999 he was one of forty-three of America’s most distinguished contemporary children’s book illustrators chosen to contribute to TIKVAH ( SeaStar Books), a collaborative reflection on human rights for children aimed at an adult audience. His work is in the permanent collection of the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection housed in the Dodd Library at the University of Connecticut. In 2000 he was selected by the Hartford Courant/Mark Twain Committee as a Distinguished Connecticut Author. In 2004 a piece of his art was chosen to go on a 3-year international goodwill tour from 2005-2008. His recent book of watercolor paintings “MY MAINE” was selected by Publishers Weekly as a recommended Art/Gift book for 2005/2006.
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