One of eight children, Phil Saint was born in 1912 in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. “Dad taught me the fundamentals of art,” writes Phil Saint, whose father, Lawrence, designed the stained-glass windows at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., “with patience and devotion that I would not have met in any art school. During high school Saint assisted cartoonist Herbert Johnson at The Saturday Evening Post, learning valuable draftsmanship. As a chalk talk evangelist at Wheaton College, Saint drew pictures as he preached in churches and youth camps. Interestingly, Saint was partly color blind, asking attendees to his meetings the color of his chalk, dividing the pieces appropriately on his tray. Saint married Ruth Brooker in 1941. Then in 1955 Phil received an invitation from Latin America Mission to go to Argentina and Uruguay as a guest artist. He eventually settled in Argentina where he established a conference center and studio. His books include 85 Drawings About the Here and Hereafter and his humorous memoir, Saints Alive, both illustrated with cartoons interspersed with commentary reflecting his conservative positions on religion and politics. The 1980s were Phil Saint's most prolific time of book publishing. Saint’s work has been favorable compared to that of graphic artist Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit. Phil Saint, 80, died in 1993 as the result of a tractor accident at Lake Valley Bible Conference Center in Cordobo, Argentina. He was always afraid that he would lose the ability to draw, but he was able to draw right to the end, and died with chalk dust under his nails and oil paint on his fingers. [excerpted from Christian Comics International.org and recollections.wheaton.edu]
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