Mary Rosiak, 75, a retired McDowell Intermediate Significant School art trainer, can take satisfaction in recalling the numerous learners and their dad and mom who have crossed her path. She’s stayed in contact with some. She’s speedy to notify of a hometown dude or gal who has risen to greatness.

Fred Harper, shown with some of his work, is an artist-illustrator living in New York City. His former McDowell Intermediate High School art teacher, Mary Rosiak, calls him an "extraordinarily talented artist."

“People who know that I expended near to 40 a long time of my grownup everyday living educating artwork to high faculty and faculty pupils sometimes check with me, immediately after performing with so lots of learners above the decades, if I at any time taught an extraordinarily talented scholar – a actual ‘standout,’ Rosiak explained.

“Out of deference to the dozens of pupils who pursued careers in the visible arts, for which I was capable to give a foundation in my courses, I generally ‘qualified’ my response to realize the achievements of my college students who now educate artwork, who structure cars and trucks for the vehicle market, who beautify towns with their murals and eco-friendly spaces, who illustrate healthcare arts publications, and who produce purchase out of chaos in our world with everything they style.

“There is, having said that, a extremely distinctive college student I have taught who lives and breathes art and whose daily life has often been consumed with creativeness and out-of-the-box contemplating.”

Artist-illustrator Fred Harper, whom she calls “Freddy,” now dwelling in New York City, is that “extraordinarily proficient artist.” That actual “standout.”

Fred Harper's illustration of Charles Barkley appeared in a 2008 edition of Sports Illustrated.

Thirty-in addition decades since they were instructor and student, Rosiak finds pleasure in “enjoying the privilege of observing this targeted and talented artist, encouraged by his loving loved ones as he pursues his dreams in daily life.

“Freddy states that I persuade him,” reported Rosiak. “I consider it’s the other way close to.”

Rosiak is nicely acquainted with the artist’s parents: Jacki Harper, a fellow retired Millcreek College District teacher, and Fred Harper Jr., who was part of McDowell’s bodily instruction section. The pair also ran a area tavern for 30 years until finally 2008.

Jacki Harper, a retired Millcreek School District teacher, displays some of the publications in which artwork by her son, Fred Harper, now of New York City, has appeared.

Their son, Fred Harper, a resident of reduce Manhattan, credits other individuals for his creative mother nature.

“The folks who influenced me as a kid navigating substantial university were pals, family and academics,” he wrote in a latest electronic mail. “Mary Rosiak played the biggest portion in shaping my future as my artwork instructor, friend and eventual colleague. She was clever when I understood practically nothing, and her confidence in me fueled my generate to triumph in the artwork subject.”