Chad Wallace grew up hiking and camping in Bear Mountain, New York, just west of the Hudson River. He loves the outdoors and frequently creates art inspired by natural settings. His art invites the viewer to experience emotions from the point of view of his subjects. He says:
“Mood is something I also pay particular attention to. I accomplish this several ways. One constant in my work is dramatic lighting. My subjects are often back-lit to add awe and mystery, while at the same time keeping the viewer’s attention on the subject. Another thing I do is create low level, “worm’s eye” perspectives. This sort of presentation gives my characters a heightened sense of dignity and makes it easier to empathize with them, especially the smaller creatures.”
With Chad’s most recent book, Mighty Mole and Super Soil, Chad brings to life an unseen world beneath our feet. His vivid illustrations take readers underground into Mole’s dark tunnels where she finds food, escapes predators, raises her young, and improves the soil.
Mighty Mole and Super Soil is Chad’s fourth book for Dawn Publications. He used traditional media for Pass the Energy, Please! and Earth Day Birthday. In The Mouse and the Meadow, which Chad also authored, he accomplished a full transition to electronic art—simultaneously preparing the book for print, ebook, and app/game editions.
Chad earned a BFA degree from Syracuse University and a master’s degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He has also served as an adjunct professor of illustration at Syracuse University and presently holds a position at the New York City College of Technology. One of his current projects in production is a video game called Nectar: A Honey Bee Quest. Visit Chad’s website: www.chadwallace.com/