Inducted into the Society of Illustrators' Hall of Fame in 1993, Robert McGinnis, for two generations has interpreted the story lines and mythical characters of such authors as Erle Stanley Gardner, Carter Brown and John D. MacDonald.
McGinnis' favorite medium is egg tempera, and like Andrew Wyeth, uses its unique qualities to create narrative compositions.
McGinnis was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1926 and grew up in Wyoming, Ohio. Despite a lifetime of residence in the East and principally in Connecticut where he still resides, his roots in Midwestern conservatism and rural depression Ohio are invariably traceable in his fine art.
Influenced by his Father's love of "Popeye" and other cartoons and the urging of a sixth grade teach, Robert McGinnis got his first taste of art instruction at Saturday morning classes at the Cincinnati Museum. Although preferring to play ball with his friends, he found that initial instruction paid off in California when, after graduation, he hitchhiked west to become an animation and cartoon-illustration apprentice at Walt Disney studies. With the outbreak of WWII, he returned to Ohio State University and later enrolled in night classes at the Central Academy of Commercial Art. There the connection with illustration soon drove him to New York City with his wife, Ferne, and a position with Fredman-Chaite Studio.
A series of chance meetings and opportunities opened up assignments with Dell, Good Housekeeping, Guidepost, the Saturday Evening Post, Readers Digest, and National geographic among others publishers.
Source: June 2002, from Stephen Zimmerman, collector of the artist's work.