Ed Attanasio

artist artwork
I started doing sketches after I had a mini-stroke on August 4, 2009. I couldn't return to my former job as a freelance writer because I couldn’t read and I definitely couldn’t write. My therapists told me to “get involved in some type of activity where you’re using your brain.” So, I started doing these strange illustrations on Post-it notes, for hours and hours until I completed a very slow 15-month recovery.

After I would draw one of these things, I'd hang it up somewhere in the house--on a bathroom mirror, on the wall in the den, even on a dog’s forehead. My wife and my stepdaughters always seemed to enjoy them, but eventually they would migrate to the refrigerator door and gradually disappear altogether.

Then a few months ago, my wife gave me a notebook and all of the drawings were there. Wow, it tells a story, a really great story, I thought, because now I am back to writing as a professional again and these drawings are a map that show my stages of recuperation. As I progressed (or maybe digressed) the styles changed and in some ways, they’re very evident—at least to me!

People that have looked at these don’t sit on the fence about them. They either love them and call them “folk art”, “outsider art” or they stare blankly at them and say, “What the…?” My brother called me the “New Picassohole”. In the end, I just love doing them, and I’m continually amazed and thrilled that many of my friends have inquired about buying prints.

This image is called “Bushers” and contains 48 legendary mythical baseball players who played in the 1910s. As a baseball historian and a member of The Society of American Baseball (SABR), I have interviewed more than 100 retired professional baseball players for the organization’s Oral History committee. I also have an award-winning baseball website. I am currently working on a book called “Chasing Greats” featuring my interviews with many of the country’s oldest living retired MLB players.