Larry C. Ayer, Artist & Illustrator

Larry was accepted into his first gallery show in Bangor, Maine at age 8 for a painting of a construction site with workers. He knew at an early age that he would continue his love for drawing and painting.

He lives in East Lyme, Connecticut where he graduated from East Lyme High School with honors. He excelled in drafting and art and decided to pursue a career in the art field. In his junior year of high school, he entered a state wide poster contest for Hiring the Handicapped and won first place. He received a scholarship to The Famous Artist School. The following year he entered, won again, and gave the scholarship to the second place winner. In both cases, the award was given by the Governor of Connecticut.

Larry was accepted into several art schools including Rhode Island School of Design, but chose The Art Institute of Boston, majoring in Illustration. He was elected Class President his freshman year and received the top honors also that year. He liked illustration because he was good at capturing a "likeness" and did several portrait commissions while still in college. He graduated in the top five of his class in 1972. Even before finishing his senior year, he secured a job illustrating for an audio visual company in Marblehead, Mass. After working there, he worked as Head Illustrator at the Communicators in Pomfret, Connecticut doing illustrations for filmstrips and slideshows for high schools and other business clients.

Larry is also an accomplished graphic designer and spent many years working full time for major advertising agencies and newspapers in the Hartford area. His work in this area has been recognized by many professional organizations (both regional and national). Because of his years designing for these businesses, he brings a strong sense of design and color to his realistic watercolor and pastel paintings.

Larry's illustrations have been published many times in The Hartford Courant, where he worked as Senior Art Director in the marketing department. He also was commissioned to do The Veteran's Day Parade Posters for 3 years straight in Hartford, Connecticut.

He has had many one man shows and has been in group shows at the Mystic Art Association, Studio 33 a gallery in New London, Connecticut, The Gilded Edge in Salem and the Old Lyme Art Association. He has also been a member of the East Lyme Art League and has shown in the East Lyme Art Show.

His latest direction involves sculptures made from driftwood, scallop shells to simulate fish scales, and sometimes sea glass for teeth. They are each original, one-of-a-kind, and completely hand made.

Commissions available upon request.