Chasing Dreams

March 2, 2018
FROM LEFT: DREW WILLIS FOR TIME FOR KIDS; BRYAN COLLIER

BRYAN COLLIER is an award-winning illustrator. His most recent project was illustrating Between the Lines, by Sandra Neil Wallace. This new picture book is illustrated with watercolors and collage. “I piece objects together that have no relationship to each other,” Collier told TFK. “I can put things together to make something brand-new.”

The book is a biography of Collier’s longtime hero Ernie Barnes. Barnes was an artist who grew up in the segregated South. His paintings stirred many people, including Collier. But Barnes wasn’t only an artist. He was a professional football player, too. “The point of this book is that you can have more than one love,” Collier says. “Whatever love you have in your life, chase it.”