Giles Laroche is a nationally known Salem painter and illustrator with many children's books to his credit.
Giles Laroche has been drawing for as long as he can remember. "I especially enjoyed sketching the mountains, old farmhouses, and mill buildings which surrounded Berlin, New Hampshire. Giles' uses a unique technique of "paper relief" to create elaborate collages for children's book illustrations. Every illustration involves drawing, cutting, painting, and gluing. Often, a piece has seven or eight layers. Spacers are placed between each layer to give the final artwork added depth and dimension.
Giles also teaches at schools where he conducts workshops creating art with children.
Vertical File in Salem Collection - Laroche, Giles
Giles Laroche website
Down to the Sea in Ships Giles Laroche
Ragged Shadows: poems of Halloween night Lee Bennett Hopkins and Giles Laroche
"Illustrator's three dimensional style brings art alive for children" Boston Sunday Globe, Jan. 6, 1991, p. A6
"Artist donates talent for Community Alliance logo" Salem Evening News, Sept. 4, 1992, p. 11