Cartoonist Peter Vatsures has passed away.
Peter Spiro Vatsures
July 26, 1930 – April 15, 2019
art director, painter, musician
After a short volunteer tour of active duty in the U.S. Army, he moved to New York City to begin his life-long pursuit of artistic expression. Peter sold several cartoons to the Saturday Evening Post Magazine when he first arrived in New York, but he longed for his Texas roots and soon returned to Dallas to work as the fashion-art advertising designer for Neiman Marcus. After working at Neiman Marcus for a few years, Peter’s greatest career achievement came when he was named Creative Director for The Drawing Board, a powerhouse innovator and publisher of business forms, greeting cards and other stationary products. He then became Creative Vice-President of the company and remained there for over 40 years, even through the company’s 1980 merger with Pitney Bowes. In retirement, Peter built an art studio in East Texas where he resumed his love of painting.
Peter did not make a career as a cartoonist, but thanks to Mike Lynch and Dick Buchanan we do have a couple of samples from the Saturday Evening Post of when, circa 1953, he briefly dipped his pen in the market.