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Matt Collins

Biography

Matt Collins

Cranky chickens, timid hippos and confused world leaders are only a few of the creatures that populate the world of Matt Collins Illustration. Matt uses this motley cast to create startling juxtapositions that surprise and intrigue the viewer.
 
After growing up in Ohio, Matt went on to university in St. Louis, MO, where he earned his BFA. His career started in advertising, first in St. Louis and then in Manhattan. The main benefit of starting out as an Art Director in advertising is that he learned to generate many different solutions for any project he was assigned to. His current clients benefit from that approach to problem solving when they see the wide range of choices Matt gives them for solutions to their particular project.
 
He finally arrived in the woods of Connecticut, where he set up shop as an Illustrator. He still lives there with his wife and daughter. The hippos, chickens, goats, charlatans, elephants, donkeys and poseurs of all sorts remain mostly in Matt’s office, helping him produce award-winning images for newspapers, magazines and children’s books.
 

Matt Collins

Books by Matt Collins

Written by Sue Macy with illustrations by Matt Collins - Biography, Children's Nonfiction, Sports, Women's History

On the morning of August 6, 1926, Gertrude Ederle stood in her bathing suit on the beach at Cape Gris-Nez, France, and faced the churning waves of the English Channel. Twenty-one miles across the perilous waterway, the English coastline beckoned. Lyrical text, stunning illustrations and fascinating back matter put the reader right alongside Ederle in her bid to be the first woman to swim the Channel --- and contextualizes her record-smashing victory as a defining moment in sports history. Time line, bibliography, source notes.