In 1992 I established and opened Pygmalion School of Fine Art. I had developed a love for art as a child and had never had the opportunity to develop my skills until I apprenticed with professional artist / art teacher, Jean Birnie. Jean taught me traditional and contemporary techniques for drawing, painting, and sculpture that I pass on to my students today. In pursuit of more art instruction I also studied art history, life drawing, design and painting at Grant MacEwan College and the University of Let ... read morehbridge in Alberta, Canada. Having a background in Biological Sciences I never dreamed that I would become an artist and teach art for a living. Art is never boring and my students always inspire me to come up with new insights for my art and theirs. If interested in pursuing classes, contact Pygmalion at firstname.lastname@example.org. For class schedules go to Pygmalion's website at pygmalionartschool.com.
Gerry Rasmussen is an internationally syndicated cartoonist who draws the comic strip Betty, which has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world since 1991. Gerry began his career studying to be a painter in the University of Alberta's Fine Arts Program. By his fourth year, however, he had achieved such a level of success drawing cartoons for the U of A newspaper, The Gateway, that he decided to leave his studies and begin drawing cartoons full-time. While still at the U of A, Gerry had teamed ... read more up with Gary Delainey in 1976 to produce a comic strip for The Gateway called Bub Slug. This comic strip was revamped for The Edmonton Journal in 1985 and appeared weekly as a full page color comic strip set in Edmonton and featuring many local characters.
In 1990 Delainey and Rasmussen received an offer from United Feature Syndicate in New York to syndicate their comic strip worldwide with Bub Slug's wife, Betty, as the main character. The comic strip was renamed Betty and has been appearing daily ever since. Betty is now distributed by Universal Uclick and can be seen in magazines and newspapers in ten countries.
Besides drawing the Betty comic strip, Gerry has used his cartoons to illustrate magazine and newspaper articles, create TV animation ads, and loves to see his cartoons used to help people communicate more effectively.
Although working with a new collaborator could have been daunting, Loris Lesynski's talent, wit, and funny, direct style of writing have been an excellent fit for Gerry's style of illustration. Now he can't wait for the world to see Crazy About Soccer! (Fall 2012)