|Bob with his family at RISD CE graduation, 2014|
Robert Martin teaches photography at Wheeler School in Providence, RI. He embarked on a personal project to turn the story of the school's founder, Mary C. Wheeler, into a children's book.
To bring this dream into reality, he took his manuscript to Marlo Garnsworthy's Writing for Children class at RISD-CE. Then he signed up for the children's book illustration certificate, and used the classes to hone his drawing, color, digital, and designing skills.
|"Mary Wants to Draw" © Robert Martin|
He took Book Dummy to do his prototype, during which he took a vacation to France where he tracked down and photographed some of the locations Mary visited in the late 1800's. While he did venture all the way to Germany to find the bridge connected to Mary's arrest on suspicion of espionage, he ended up using one of the stone bridges from our very own Roger William Park instead.
Bob used Final Projects to complete many of the illustrations. After he graduated from the program, he continued work on his own, and Wheeler School published the completed book in 2015.
|Illustrations of Mary Wheeler as a child © Robert Martin|
Mary Wheeler was born in 1846 in Concord, Massachusetts, a neighbor of Ralph Waldo Emerson. It was a time when her dreams of becoming an artist were not supported by American society.
After traveling to Europe to study art, she returned to Providence RI and established Miss Wheeler's Studio, at 26 Cabot street.
|Mary Wheeler studying art in France.|
Congratulations, Bob, for following your dream!
|Mary being arrested!|