'Goofus and Gallant' (April 2002). 

Anni Matsick is an American illustrator of children's books and magazines, known for her drawings rendered in watercolor paint. For nine years, she illustrated the moralistic comics feature 'Goofus and Gallant' (1996-2005) in the educational monthly Highlights for Children.

Early life and career
Matsick was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and spent her childhood in Donora, drawing on everything she could. She earned her BFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon University and started her career doing charcoal portraits of children in commission in the mid-1970s. She also made illustrations for advertising agencies and commercial clients. She ranks illustrators like Lisbeth Zwerger, Chris Van Allsburg, Trina Schart Hyman, Floyd Cooper and Renee Graef among her favorites, and also draws inspiration from the painters Ted Nuttall, Jeannie McGuire, Charles Ried, Mary Cassatt, Gustav Klimt and Lucian Freud. She and her husband Lou eventually settled nearby Boalsburg, a community in Centre County, Pennsylvania.

Illustrator
Anni Matsick has been working as a freelance illustrator for mainly educational children's publications since the mid-1980s. She is represented by Cornell & Company (previously Cornell & McCarthy), and among her regular clients are Scholastic, Lightswitch Learning, Pearson Learning, Recipe for Success, Inc. and Rosevallee Creations. She has illustrated many picture books, children's books and teaching material, starting with Seymour Simon's 'Mirror Magic' (1991). Among the other books with her illustrations are 'If You Lived at the Time of the Civil War' (1994) by Kay Moore, the 'Dinosaurs Living in My Hair!' (2015-) series by Jayne M. Rose-Vallee, and the 'Look at My Friends' (2005) school books by Patricia Almada.


'Goofus and Gallant' (February 2004).

Goofus and Gallant
She also got regular assignments from Highlights for Children monthly, for which she illustrated the well-known 'Goofus and Gallant' feature for nine years (1996-2005). It is one of the longest ongoing comics features in an American magazine, created in 1938 by Garry Cleveland Myers, while Maurieta Wellman, Marion Hull Hammel, Sidney A. Quinn and Kit Wray had served as its previous illustrators. The moralistic picture stories learn children good manners by presenting on one side a mischievous child engaging in unacceptable behavior (Goofus), and on the other side a model child (Gallant) showing how it should be done. Matsick was the first to draw the comic in color, using her trademark watercolor technique. She was succeeded in 2006 by Leslie Harrington.

Other activities
For many years, Matsick has served as Chair of the annual Recycled Art Show held by the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania (AACP) and as Rules and Jurying Chair for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. She is also a member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators (PSI), the Society of Children's Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society (PWS), and the Florida Watercolor Society (FWS). She is furthermore editor of the PSI newsletter, PSInside.

Awards
Several of the books Matsick illustrated have won awards. 'Dinosaurs Living in My Hair!' won the Mom's Choice Gold Award, among other things, while 'Duck Dreams: City Boy to Farmer Boy' (2013) by Elizabeth Segel received the Purple Dragonfly Gold Award.


Illustration for 'The Boy Who Opened Our Eyes' by Elaine Sussman (2017).

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