As the second World War was winding down the RAF shipped John from the UK to western Canada to train the new RCAF pilots. The war ended and he found himself in Toronto trying to launch his career. A pulp fiction publisher gave him his start.
While visiting the great art agency BBDO he met June, they were married and set their sites on New York City.
The Westport & Manhattan Years - Illustration
Arriving in Manhattan but only being able to afford a cold water walk-up in Brooklyn, John joined all the other talent making the agency rounds daily. His talent and skill landed him some great jobs and the notoriety within the illustrators community. After just a few years June & John bought a tiny home in Westport Connecticut and joined the huge pool of creative talent that called Westport home. John became a daily commuter and his career flourished.
The Vermont Years
The Kennebunkport Years
Mitchell Kerr Fernie
September 19, 1958 - September 2, 2012
Cumberland, Maine - Mitchell Fernie died peacefully on Sunday September 2, 2012 at home surrounded by his family.
Mitchell is survived by his beloved wife Barbara Borchardt, his mother June E. Fernie of Kennebunk, his brother Bruce Fernie of Florence, Italy, his sister Heather McInnis of Kennebunkport, three nephews, Alex Fernie, Mitchell Kell and Trevor Kell and three nieces Dana Fernie, Bowen Fernie and Avery Fernie. Mitchell was predeceased by his father, Kennebunkport artist John A. Fernie.
Mitchell was born on September 19, 1958 into a community of artists in Westport, Connecticut then moved with his family to Vermont in 1970. After high school, he lived in Denver, Colorado and Boston, Massachusetts before settling in Portland, Maine in the 1980's.
He was a partner in the Portland advertising groups Surprise Advertising and Print Media prior to establishing his own graphic design firm MK Fernie Associates. For the last 10 years Mitchell combined his love of antique signage and carpentry skills into a successful small business that produced handcrafted, original wooden signs sold at selected Maine galleries and worldwide via mail-order. An avid Porsche enthusiast, he spent numerous seasons racing his Porsche 911 in SCCA regional events.
Mitchell Fernie was a fierce individualist, an accomplished artist and designer, an intrepid entrepreneur, passionate woodworker, gardener, and life-long dog lover. Mitchell's kind heart and quick, acerbic wit will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.