Traveling east from St. Louis, Missouri, some fifty miles into rural Illinois, one approaches O’Fallon in St. Clair County. One is immediately struck by the absence of an historical marker noting this small town as the birthplace of Bernard Fuchs, recipient of the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame award for 1975.
Bernie’s professional art training began at the School of Fine Art at Washington University in St. Louis. His style was developed in the studios of Detroit, where his illustrations for automobile ads were an immediate success. This popularity was noted by the magazine publishers in New York, whose assignments brought Bernie national recognition. This success prompted a move to Westport, Connecticut, the artists’ colony on Long Island Sound. Bernie had married his childhood neighbor, the former Anna Lee Hesse, and they have three children; Derek, Ellise and Cindy. Continue reading from The Society of Illustrators