March 30 - Today's post contributed by Amy June Bates
The First American Women Illustrators
by Amy June Bates
Back to Howard Pyle again. Although he started out a fairly open-minded instructor, he became increasingly frustrated by female students who chose to get married instead of pursuing a career in illustration. He was quoted as saying, “Once a woman is married, that is the end of her.” Although his classes started out with equal numbers of men and women, eventually he focused mostly on his male students. He made no secret of his feelings, and his charismatic opinions bore a great weight and influence on his students. Still, his female students bore much affection for him, though he supposedly secretly harbored a great irritation at their continual knitting in his class. Probably the lowered female numbers put a considerable pressure on the female students who remained. Jessie Wilcox Smith, Violet Oakley and Elizabeth Shippen Green vowed never to marry or have children.
This very modest biography is taken from Amy June Bates' website:
When Amy was a kid she loved to draw and read. She spent the time that she wasn't reading and drawing trying to keep her six brothers and sisters from drawing on her pictures and losing her place in whatever book she was reading. She loved the mountains quite a bit.
She grew up and learned to draw a lot better.
She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her three children and husband. She reads and she draws quite a bit.
Her blog is Amy June Bates Drawing a Blank