Arts Scene: Illustrator Higgins Bond

Apr 29, 2019

Higgins Bond is something of a legend in the world of illustration, and it all began as a hobby. 

Bond focused her studies on art when she noticed she had a natural talent for drawing, but she remained pragmatic and got her start in the world of advertising. In the more than 40 years that followed, Bond's work has been seen the world over on magazine covers, books and advertisements. 

Her series of Black Heritage illustrations solidified her place in history as the first African-American woman to have her work featured on a United States postage stamp. 

A resident of Nashville, Bond returned to her hometown of Little Rock to take part in the Arkansas Literary Festival, and to showcase some of her works at Hearne Fine Art. 

Arts Scene's Ann Nicholson toured the gallery with Bond, and spoke about Bond's love of science and nature, as well as the relationship between photography and her hyper-realistic drawing style. 

Higgins Bond: A Survey of Paintings and Drawings runs from April 9 to June 1 at Hearne Fine Art, 1001 Wright Ave., Little Rock. 

This program originally aired on 4/28/2019.