I've been a professional illustrator since 1975, with over 80 published children's books, in addition to having illustrated book covers, fantasy art, collector's plates, animation concept art, and product design. I enjoy teaching writing and illustrating for children in a summer graduate program at Hollins University, in Roanoke, VA. Click the link above for more information. I am a long-time member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and am currently a New England Illustrator Coordinator. If you have an interest in writing or illustrating children's books, the SCBWI is one of the best resourses for information.
LICENSING:I license my images on many products including greeting cards, puzzles, tins, and more. Contact me directly for inquiries about the availablilty of images in my PORTFOLIO section. EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
TEACHING:Every summer for six weeks I teach in the graduate programs in children's literature offered at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. It is a beautiful campus! Click on the programs below for details, and feel free to email me if you have any questions about the programs. Hollins University offers a graduate level certificate in children’s book illustration. Closely associated with Hollins’ longstanding graduate program in the study and writing of children’s books, this new program is taught by noted illustrators, including core faculty Ruth Sanderson and Ashley Wolff. Students undertake four courses over two six-week summer terms. Picture Book Drawing Fundamentals and Creating Picture Books for Children in the first summer are followed by Picture Book Design and Picture Book Media in the second summer. The Illustration Certificate program runs concurrently with the graduate program in children’s literature and includes an exceptional array of visiting speakers and the chance to participate in the annual student-run Francelia Butler Conference on Children’s Literature. ART FACULTY (Check the website/link above for all faculty members) Lauren Mills, M.A. In Illustration, San Jose State University. She has illustrated the children's classics, At the Back of the North Wind, Anne of Green Gables, and Thumbelina, and is also the author of several original tales Including The Rag Coat, which received the Charlotte Award, as well as thirteen state award nominations. Fairy Wings, co-illustrated with Dennis Nolan, won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award. laurenmillsart.com Ruth Sanderson, author and illustrator, is a graduate of the Paier College of Art. Among her many books for children are The Enchanted Wood, Cinderella, and The Snow Princess. Her book The Golden Mare, the Firebird, and the Magic Ring won the Texas Bluebonnet Award in 2003. In 1997 she was writer-in-residence, and her illustrations for her books The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Papa Gatto adorn our Web page and poster. Ashley Wolff, B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design, is the author and/or illustrator of over 40 children’s picture books including Baby Beluga; Stella and Roy Go Camping; Me Baby, You Baby; Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?; Mama’s Milk; and the beloved Miss Bindergarten series. Her books have won numerous state and national awards. She lives and works in San Francisco. ashleywolff.com Elizabeth O. Dulemba, B.F.A., University of Georgia. She is an award-winning author/illustrator of fifteen books including: The 12 Days of Christmas in Georgia; the bilingual Jack Tale adaptations Paco and the Giant Chile Plant and Soap, soap, soap; and one of the first children’s book apps, Lula’s Brew. She is the Illustrator Coordinator for the southern region (Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi) of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a Board Member for the Georgia Center for the Book. She teaches “Creating Picture Books” at various venues and taught Beginning and Advanced Illustration at the University of Georgia. Her Coloring Page Tuesdays have garnered over a million visits to her website annually and over 3,000 subscribers to her weekly newsletter. She lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. www.dulemba.com
MY JOURNEY AS AN ILLUSTRATOR
I grew up in the small town of Monson, Massachusetts. I lived there from the time I was born in 1951 until I was 18 and went away to college in 1969. When I was growing up in Monson, my favorite place to play was the woods. I spent many happy hours with my friends at "Cat Rock," which was a beautiful spot in the woods not far from our house on Main Street.(shown here) My imagination came to life there, and I believed there were magical creatures living in the tangled underbrush that I might catch a glimpse of if I were very, very lucky. I still believe that, I must confess.
I enjoy taking different versions of a story and combining the most interesting elements in my own retelling. For The Crystal Mountain I went a step further and combined two stories whose only tangent was a magical mountain and a quest. I took my favorite elements from The Glass Mountain, a Norwegian story, and The Magic Brocade, a Chinese tale. On the surface this would seem an unlikely match. However, the Chinese tale about a weaver of brocades transferred nicely into a weaver of tapestries, a 15th century European trade. As that is my preferred time and place to set my fairytales, it all worked out quite well. I added the three magical horses from The Glass Mountain to The Magic Brocade and voila — The Crystal Mountain was born.
This is our 25-year old Quarter Horse, Shadow. He is the model for many of my unicorn paintings.
May 1st, 2008 - Here I am having a ride on our Appy, Thor
I was very proud of winning the Texas Bluebonnet Award in 2003 for The Golden Mare, The Firebird, and the Magic Ring. It is judged by a quarter of a million Texas school children in grades 3-5. Winning for a picture book, when you are competing against chapter books too, makes it very rewarding.
Exhibition of Women Illustrators at the Norman Rockwell museum
I have had many requests for price lists of original artwork. Many of my originals are not for sale, but I have begun to add galleries of original artwork in the PORTFOLIO AND ORIGINAL ARTWORK section.
The 2011 Lenox Christmas Collector Plate
On their annual Holiday plate, an inviting snowman stands at the center of the tranquil winter scene. The year-dated exclusive is crafted of glazed ivory porcelain, banded in 24 karat gold, and trimmed with the popular holly-and-berry motif of Holiday, the most cherished seasonal fine china pattern. Click This Page to get to their website page for this plate.
New! release of Risky Chance - the 7th in the Horse Diaries series!
For all lovers of horses and history, it's the next book in the popular Horse Diaries series. Born in California at the start of the Great Depression, Risky Chance is a gray thoroughbred who was born to race. Life at the track and being spoiled by his jockey's young daughter, Marie, is all Chance could ask for. He loves nothing more than running fast and winning. But after an accident, Chance discovers a side of horse racing that has little to do with glory.
Like Black Beauty, this moving novel is told in first person from the horse's own point of view and includes an appendix full of photos and facts about thoroughbreds, horse racing, and the Great Depression.
New - release of SAINTS combined version in PAPERBACK
My two books of stories of the SAINTS are now available in paperback in one 80-page combind version.
April 28, 2011
My studio is named after THE GOLDEN WOOD, a painting from my book THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES I just finished a new cover painting (below) for a 2012 edition , published by Crocodile Books. In 2013 there will be an exhibition of the original paintings at The Norman Rockwell Museum, in Stockbridge, MA. It was really fun to revisit this place in the book where the princesses travel through a golden wood, where the leaves are sparkling with gold. This painting is 24x36 inches, oils on canvas, and took close to 4 weeks to complete.
APRIL 7, 2011
Animated sparkles make fairy dust come to life in many of the scenes, and users can tap to hear sounds such as birds, ballroom waltzes, horses, the clock striking midnight, and the jingling of the fairy godmother's magic wand. The story is sweetly read by a young narrator. PicPocket Books is the App Developer.
MARCH 15, 2011
Fall/Winter 2010 NEW BOOKSThis is a new reprint of THE NATIVITY, originally published in 1993 by Little, Brown and reprinted by Eerdmans. My latest collaboration with the incomparable Jane Yolen. A sweet lullaby for young horse lovers. This is my daughter Whitney's first book - hurrah! I illustrated it, and you can read details on my HORSE DIARIES BLOG.
PAPA GATTO is now an i-phone app!
Now children can read along on an i-phone while the narrator reads the story of PAPA GATTO. Produced by PicPocket Books®, text pages alternate with images from the book. The narration is superbly done.
Here are a few sample pages...
This app can also be read on the new ipad, a large format, full-color device announced this month by apple computer, which will be for sale in the next month or two.
Click HERE to order PAPA GATTO for the iphone!
And look for THE CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN app as well.
Both made by Pickpocket Books.
I have invented a new product - a book that turns into a puzzle that turns back into a book.
These are perfect for 3-6 year-olds
The pieces are numbered, which helps with the book page order as well as making it fun for children who are learning to count.
Each piece becomes a page in the book when stacked and bound with the easy-to-use rings. Younger children might need some help at first with clipping the pages together, but it should become part of the fun to make their own book, take it apart, make the puzzle, then stack the pieces, bind them with the rings and make the book again!
WHITE MOUNTAIN PUZZLES is the distributor of the PUZZLEBOOKS. They are starting with CINDERELLA and MOTHER GOOSE. I'd so appreciate anyone passing the word on these - It is tough to market something new but I hope these will take off and I'll be able to repackage some of my out-of-print picture books and give them new life in a different and entertaining format.
2009 NEWS ARCHIVE
Holiday 2009 News My version of The Night Before Christmas is back in print in a special edition sold exclusively at POTTERY BARN KIDS, (look under KIDS/BOOKS) along with plates, tumblers, a Santa snack set, ornaments, and a puzzle.
2008 NEWS ARCHIVE
------2008 EVENT CALENDAR------
March 28th 4pm-6pm and March 29th 2pm-6pm - MOTHER GOOSE BOOK SIGNING and Open House at my studio at the the Thorndike Mills Art Center in Palmer, MA. I will have all of the paintings from the book for viewing; books and prints, cards and gift items will be on sale.
May 2nd : 10:30am - Storytime and booksigning at Barnes and Noble, Milbury, Ma ( 70 Worchester Providence Turnpike)508-865-3525
July 19th 1pm Slide talk and booksigning at The Eric Carle Picture Book Museum of Art, Bay Road, Amherst, MA
October 10-12 FAERIECON in Philadelphia
November 6-9 ILLUXCON Altoona, PA
November 16-Jan 31 R Michelson Galleries in Norhhampton Ma - Children's Book exhbit of origianl art
November 29-30 Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair at the Town Hall, Main Street, Monson Massachusetts
9-4 on Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday
December 6-7 : Open House at my studio in the Thorndike Mill Art Center,
4145 Church Street, Thorndike, MA From 10-4 each day.
December 12 7-9 pm Signing at Barnes and Noble in Holyoke, MA
DIRECTIONS TO MY STUDIO: From Mass Pike: Take exit 8, turn left onto Rte. 32. At second light take a left. Go straight, over RR tracks and at the end of the factory complex and metal building on left, turn left into Gate 4, the final factory gate. Enter door with blue arches.
I have just created my very first FAERIES calendar for 2009 -available on Cafe Press
Goldilocks Sneak Preview
Here is the painting that I recently finished (in March) for the cover of my version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Little, Brown 2009)
New Random House Horse Series
I am very excited to be on board at the beginning of this great new series of horse stories for Random House. Think "Black Beauty meets the American Girl Series" and you've got the idea. These two will be published in spring 09, the next one will be a Quarter Horse story for fall of 09, and then there will be hopefully one every spring and fall for as long as the series is selling well. I am in horse heaven. There will be 18-20 interior black and white drawings in each book. The age range is around 7-12
A NEW BLACK STALLION BOOK
Here is the wrap-around cover I finished in April (08) for the new Black Stallion story, The Black Stallion and The Shape Shifter, by Stephen Farley. This will be published by Random House in 2009.
I plan to offer prints of this in the fall as well, so check back or sign up for my newsletter for details.
Mother Goose is here!
Look for my 64-page Mother Goose and Friends in March 2008. See a sneak preview of the artwork on the Galleries page.
Do you recognize Mother Goose?
It is the modern-day rhymer herself, Jane Yolen.
Two new chapter books for 2008 -
SUMMER PONY and WINTER PONY
---FALL 2007 EVENT CALENDAR---
October 1-30: Exhibit at the Manhan Cafe, 23 Union St., Easthampton, MA
Nov. 1-4: Exhibit: Showing at The World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga, NY
Nov. 15 Booksigning -Easthampton Library
Nov. 24-25: Monson Arts Council Holiday Fair - Booth #1 - Town Hall, Main Street, Monson, MA (10-4 and 12-4)
December 1-31: Exhibition of 20 original paintings at the Needham Public Library, Needham, MA ( Dec 1st program and booksigning 3pm)
December 15-16: Open Studio at my studio at The Thorndike Mill Art Center - 4145 Church Street in Palmer, MA (10-6 Sat. and 12-6 Sun.)
Illustrator Grace Lin founded this auction in 2004 with her husband, Robert Mercer (who has recently passed away from Ewing's Sarcoma) to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Every Nov-Dec over 200 snowflakes are auctioned off, all painted by children's book illustrators.
The Final Auction is LIVE.......Dec 3-7th.
My snowflake is now up for auction along with some wonderful artwork by other children's book illustrators....
(Click on the Robert's Snow link above - to bid!)
MY EBAY AUCTIONS
Next Auction - December 2nd-9th, 2007
My next auction on Ebay will be The Nancy Drew Flying Saucer Mystery, which I illustrated in 1980. This will include a pencil sketch of Nancy on the half-title page, shown below. I have started to offer some extra copies of my "collectible" books on Ebay, and will post a few every other month or so. I'll include the listings in my newsletter and I will also have the direct link here.
MORE SAINTS, Lives and Illuminations (Eerdmans, 2007)
More Saints received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Read about it on the , and see some interior paintings on the Galleries page.
(In progress....more pictures to come.. .)