Recently, on my first trip ever to Port Townsend, WA, I had the pleasure of meeting Richard Jesse Watson at his gallery. Watson is an artist whose work has gotten splendid reviews from no less than Connoisseur and The New York Times. Perhaps it will surprise you to learn that he works primarily in children's books.
But children's books are where a great deal of the most engaging, inventive and technically competent work is happening now. Add to that a real feeling for the four-footed creatures often showing up as protagonists in his work, and you have magic. Look, he even wrote The Magic Rabbit. Go peek, and explore the kind, lovely world of Richard Jesse Watson.