The Hartford MFA in Illustration family has lost one of it’s beloved teachers and friends – Jim Carson. Below is a note from Jim’s wife, Jeanie, telling us about Jim’s final days and his love for those he had met through the years while doing what he loved.
Dear Murray and Carol,
“With great sadness I am writing to let you know that Jim died April 10 after his long battle with cancer. We had many ups and downs during this last stretch, with hopes raised and dashed. Ultimately Jim was able to die peacefully in our home, still lucid to the end. Jim's tenacity, wisdom, wit, whimsy, strength, love and courage was inspiring to many. Over 200 came to honor him at services. David, our son, and I are doing our best to adjust to life without him. I know he would want you and the greater community of illustrators and designers to know that he valued his relationship with you and the Syracuse-Hartford MFA circle so very much.” Jeanie Carson
He was a talented artist from an early age and graduated with a BFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. While there, he drew cartoons for the student newspaper, and afterwards he went on to a successful career in graphic arts. The many clients for Jim’s cartoons, illustrations, and designs include Saturday Evening Post, Boston Globe, WBUR, Rounder Records, and the Capitol Steps. He was an instructor at the Art Institute of Boston, and the MFA Program in Illustration at Syracuse University and the Hartford Art School - University of Hartford. (From his obituary)
“If you would like to send a note to Jeanie and their son, David, it will be greatly appreciated. We will also be sharing with them all of the emails that we have received and the posts being made in Jim’s honor on the Hartford Illustration MFA Facebook page. Mail to:firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol & Murray