Chad Wallace is an award-winning artist from Westchester, NY. Chad’s illustrations often feature animals in their natural environments. Working primarily in a realistic style, Chad creates believability around his characters even when they are anthropomorphized to a degree. He credits his experiences growing up in rural Northern Westchester and summers in the Lower Hudson Valley for leading him in this direction. He also happens to be a direct relative of Stephen Crane, author of The Red Badge of courage (left).
Wallace earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Syracuse University (1997) and received his Master of Fine Arts degree from FIT (2011). In 2008 he was awarded the Stevan Dohanos Award at the Society of Illustrators, NY for his Animal Olympics – Wrestling piece. He has illustrated eleven books for children including: Earth Feeling The Heat (2010), Seahorses (2012), and The Mouse And The Meadow (2014), which he wrote and illustrated. The first time author has enjoyed a lot of success with his new book, winner of an International Book Award, NABE Pinnacle Achievement Award, and a Mom’s Choice Award (2014). Four illustrations were also featured in the Society of Illustrators – Illustrators 56 Annual Show, and two more pieces were selected to be part of the 2016 Comic and Cartoon Annual. His latest book Mighty Mole and Super Soil has been named a 2016 INDIEFAB Book of the Year finalist.
Chad has worked with publishers Henry Holt, Scholastic, Sterling, Richard C Owens Publications, and Dawn Publications. 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. He is currently interested in re-formatting children’s storytelling for the modern age through use of interactive E-Book media. His book The Mouse And The Meadow is available as a 3D pop-up app for Iphone/IPad, complete with animations and automated voice over reading.
Today Chad continues to develop his writing and illustration work. A video game called Nectar: A Honey Bee Quest is also in production featuring character design, storyboard, and concept art.