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Steve Mack grew up on Canada’s Great Plains and has drawn for as long as he can remember. After studying Visual Communications in college, he turned from graphic design back to his roots as an illustrator. He has worked with major clients such as Target, Walgreens, Hallmark, Sterling Publishing, Harcourt, Chronicle Books, and recently spent a year in Ohio as a staff illustrator for American Greetings. His most recent projects include work with the US Post Office and Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR). Steve lives peacefully on a lake in Canada with his wife and two small children.
Keith G. Campbell was born in Kenya, but raised and educated in Scotland. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of Edinburgh. After trying on several careers, Keith eventually returned to his early passion of writing and illustrating stories. He is the author/ illustrator of Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters,which earned him an Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor and a Golden Kite Award for Best Picture Book Illustration. He is now a full-time author/illustrator and lives in California.
A native of Romania, Mircea Catusanu received a BFA in 1992 and an MFA in 1994 from the Fine Arts Academy of Bucharest, with a major in painting. His work was shown in galleries in Europe and is a part of private collections in Romania, Japan, France, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, and the US. Mircea began illustrating after he moved to New York in 1995. He has illustrated for The Washington Post, Clubhouse Jr. Magazine, Viking, Scholastic, Random House, and many others. He wrote and illustrated The Strange Case of the Missing Sheep, which was released to critical acclaim by Viking in 2009.
Eric Barclay is an illustrator, designer, and the author of I Can See Just Fine (Abrams Appleseed) and Hiding Phil (Scholastic). Eric has always been interested in art, and took oil painting classes from the time he was 12 to when he was a senior in high school. From there he went on to study journalism and graphic design at University of Texas at Arlington. Classic cartoons, modern art, mid-century design and everyday mishaps heavily influence his style. He has illustrated for American Express, American Greetings, Abrams Appleseed, Disneyland Paris, Hallmark, Highlights Magazine, Mudpuppy, Papyrus, Toys R Us, and many others. Eric lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, two beautiful young daughters, a dog and two cats.
Shadra Strickland studied design, writing, and illustration at Syracuse University, and completed her M.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She won the Ezra Jack Keats Award and Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent in 2009 for her work in her first picture book, Bird, written by Zetta Elliott. Shadra is passionate about promoting positivity through her work, and her ultimate goal as a picture book author and illustrator is to teach children how to live their dreams. Her style is a whimsical blend of reality and imagination, and she loves to create stories that children can see themselves in. Shadra travels the country conducting workshops and sharing her work with children, teachers, and librarians. She currently teaches illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.
Stephen Costanza studied music theory and composition at Syracuse University before attending the Philadelphia College of Art to pursue a career in the visual arts. He worked as both a graphic designer and illustrator in a career that has encompassed silk screening, graphic design, and book illustration. Stephen’s background in music led him to write and illustrate the picture books Mozart Makes a Melody and Vivaldi and The Invisible Orchestra, both from Henry Holt & Co. Stephen’s illustrations have appeared in magazines, newspapers, advertising, and textbooks, from The American Prospect and Cricket to brochures for the Boston Ballet, Four Seasons Hotel, and Boston Lyric Opera. Five of his paintings were exhibited at the 2000 Children’s Book Fair in Bologna. He lives in Belfast, Maine.
Born in Montreal, Steve Adams finished his studies in graphic design in 1994. He then traveled to Europe for an advanced training course in design.
Betsy Thompson is a self-taught artist with a background in education. For the past 25 years, Betsy has been in the field of education in a variety of roles – as a classroom teacher, an educational consultant, program evaluator, curriculum developer, and, currently, as a homeschooling parent. Betsy began her career as an artist and illustrator in 2007, regularly showing in galleries throughout New England. One of her primary goals as a mixed media artist is to make art more accessible and to engage her viewers, adults and children alike, by drawing them in through the use of color, movement, shapes, and storytelling. Her first author/illustrated picture book, Egg Count, 1, 2, 3, was awarded a 2012 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Book Award and was included on the New York Public Library’s 2012 list, Children’s Books: 100 Titles for Reading & Sharing. As an artist and educator, Betsy strongly believes in the power of books in children’s lives – as a vehicle for escape, the discovery of new worlds, and the development of creativity and imagination. It has always been her dream to create beautiful and meaningful stories for children.
For as long as she can remember, Josée Masse has been drawing. She studied graphic arts in Montreal and worked as a graphic designer for 3 years before beginning her career as an illustrator. Josée’s strong sense of concept and design shows itself in her artwork. She loves illustrating books for children and enjoys the challenge of solving problems for her clients who have difficult concepts to convey.
Gabrielle Grimard has been drawing since she was a very young child. Born in Montreal, she studied Fine Arts at Concordia University. She began her career as a muralist, painting numerous walls in commercial buildings in the Montreal area. Between 1998 and 2001, Gabrielle had many solo shows in the Plateau Mont Royal area of Montreal. In 2001, after giving birth to her first child, Gabrielle began her career as an illustrator. She has illustrated numerous pictures books in the US and Canada.
Lucie Crovatto studied graphic design at Laval University before beginning her career in editorial illustration in the U.S. and Canada. In addition to being the founder of a greeting card company in Canada, her designs have appeared in major advertising campaigns for the Montreal Airport, Airmiles, Jean Coutu Drugstore, and Loblaws Grocery. In the U.S., she has illustrated for Elle, Reader’s Digest, and Parent’s Today, among other publications. Lucie has also designed greeting cards for Madison Park Greetings and Marian Heath. She has illustrated nearly a dozen children’s books in French-Canada.
Gene Barretta is a self-taught illustrator with a BFA in Film Studies from NYU. Before launching his career as an illustrator, he worked for many years in film and television production. He has written, animated, and scored several films for Sesame Street and designed characters for the Jim Henson Company. The pacing and layout of his illustrations reflect a cinematic sensibility inspired by his filmmaking background. His primary goal as an author-illustrator is to make learning enjoyable and revitalizing for kids, and his works often focus on inspiring figures. He loves to explore connections to the past, and the historical origins of modern objects and ideas. Naturally, Gene is his family’s archivist, and has a large collection of movies, toys, and books his brother, one of the Muppets performers, has been involved in. He also collects rare Beatles recordings and outtakes. Gene is the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed books, Now and Ben, Neo Leo, and Timeless Thomas. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and son.
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