Sydney John Baker


Sydney John Baker  August 5, 1950-September 27, 2022.

Parents: John E. Baker and Cynthia S. Baker, deceased.

Survived by a brother, Edson Baker, Washington DC, and sister, Sally (Lee) Baker DeVore, Oxford, OH.

PLACES LIVED: Family roots in New England but born in Warwick, Virginia, moved to Vernon, Connecticut in 1954- August 1959, then to Loveland Ohio, where Syd graduated High School in 1969 and headed west to Kansas City Art Institute.

Excluding some travel to the Rocky mountains and Hawaii and a short stint in Seattle in the ’70s or so, Syd called Kansas City home for the rest of his life, first KCMO, then in 1995 Roeland Park, KS where he made a well-kept and creatively maintained home.

WORK: After KCAI, he freelanced and worked at ‘the Souper’, a cool bistro near the institute, where he made lifelong friends.  Persistence eventually landed him part-time freelance work with Hallmark, and finally full-time work, where he made MORE lifelong friends.

Around 2000 he became a specialist in computer art for mock-ups and catalogs, where he excelled. This is when he also began his foray into his own computer art, which quickly became his chosen expression.  Most of his portfolio over the years is available on Red (enter sbaker5 in search, then click on ‘view shop’)  For nearly 20 years he also worked freelance for a private publisher, drawing charming illustrations for language learning books that have wide usage.

NATURE: Syd was creative and unique from the first. Adjectives say it best: Artistic, Creative, Imaginative; Intelligent, Inventive, Ingenious; Handy, Clever, Precise; Engaging, Witty, and Winsome; Funny, Friendly, Fun; but also Enigmatic, Private, Stubborn; and for many years a quintessential ‘Starving Artist’.

All who knew him loved him and we all miss him.

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