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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.
Nomar Perez was born on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, where he developed an early interest in art from all the funny scribbles he created in his school notebooks. Upon his arrival in the U.S., Nomar found himself influenced by all types of media, including animation, puppetry, and computer art. He studied computer animation at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and since then has worked as an illustrator and designer on humor, kids, and young adult products for over 10 years in the social expressions market. He’s had the opportunity to work on 3D computer animation for interactive media and licensed products as well. He is currently a staff artist in-house at American Greetings.
Sue Cornelison graduated with a BFA from Drake University in Art Education with an emphasis in drawing and painting. She then traveled to Florence, Italy to continue her studies at the International School of Studio Arts. Sue has worked as a full time illustrator for over a decade, exploring many techniques and styles. She wrote and illustrated The Twelve Days of Christmas in Iowa, published by Sterling.
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.
Vanessa B Newton
Vanessa Brantley Newton is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter. Her passion for children’s books began when she came across Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats as a child in the 1960s. Snowy Day marked one of the first representations of black children in picture books, and seeing a character that looked like her and lived in a neighborhood like her own was a turning point in Vanessa’s life. Vanessa celebrates self-love and acceptance of all cultures through her work, and hopes to inspire young readers as Keats did for her and a generation of children. Growing up in a musical family who loved to sing, Vanessa’s illustrations are as fun and whimsical as a beautiful melody. Her style is influenced by retro art and fashion from the 50s and 60s. She is the author and illustrator of Let Freedom Sing and Don’t Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table, and has illustrated numerous children’s books including One Love & Every Little Thing, words by Bob & Cedella Marley, and Presenting Tallulah written by Tori Spelling. Vanessa currently makes her nest in Charlotte, NC with her husband of 20 years, their daughter, and a very rambunctious cat named Stripes.
Eric Comstock was encouraged to pursue a career in the arts after taking an illustration class in college. After working in advertising for 11 years as an art director, he shifted gears and took up freelance illustration. Since then he’s worked with Land of Nod, Hallmark, Shutterfly, TeNeues, Moda Fabrics, Oopsy Daisy, Graniph, and many others. His illustrations are bright and quirky with a mid-century modern appeal. Eric is inspired by music and his passion for children’s books grew from their colorful expression, which reminded him of music on the page. He collects old Jazz albums to open up his creative pathways and stir up new ideas. Eric lives in Austin, TX where he and his wife, who is also an artist, work together while raising 4 kids and one dog.
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.
London Ladd is a graduate of Syracuse University with a BFA in illustration. He is the illustrator of Oprah: The Little Speaker, published by Marshall Cavendish, and March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World, published by Scholastic. London works primarily in a painterly style with acrylic, building opaque layers atop a foundation of thin washes, in a way that brings his colors to life. He carries a sketchbook and paints with him everywhere he goes, constantly perfecting his craft. London lives in Syracuse, NY with his wife and daughter.
After completing her studies in graphic design, Elise Gravel found herself quickly swept up into the glamorous world of illustration. Branching out as a children’s book illustrator was a natural progression in her career. From an early age, Elise was obsessed with reading anything and everything, from cereal boxes to Archie comics to The Adventures of Tintin. Still a kid at heart, Elise is filled with a childlike sense of wonder that allows her to infuse her work with humor and creativity that speaks directly to young minds. She is inspired by social causes and enticed by projects that can handle a good dose of eccentricity. Elise loves creating quirky characters and teaching kids to embrace the qualities that make them different. She has written and illustrated several books for children, including Adopt a Glurb, published by Blue Apple Books. She is also the illustrator of the popular app Doodle Jump.
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.
Mark Rogalski studied illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was born and raised. After completing his studies he worked as an editorial cartoonist, a scenery designer, a comic book artist, a screen printer and a graphic designer before writing and illustrating children’s books. His work has fantastical elements and themes that are influenced by the wonders of childhood, science fiction, mechanical inventions and journeys of the imagination. He also incorporates elements of puzzles, games and interaction into his books. Dream Machines includes a dust jacket that unfolds into an elaborate board game that allows readers to live the fantastical journey of the book themselves. Tickets to Ride includes the image of a clever duck hidden within the pages and waiting to be discovered again and again. And ROBOX is a kit which includes a book about a hungry robot as well as materials that allows readers to build their very own Robox. His work has been honored by The International Reading Association and Communication Arts Magazine and has been featured on NBC’s Today Show and by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Mark lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters.
Linda Bleck has been creating illustrations for various applications for over 20 years. After studying graphic design at the University of Illinois, she began illustrating for a wide variety of clients in the editorial, corporate, packaging, and publishing industries. Linda wrote and illustrated a series of novelty children’s books featuring her favorite pup, Pepper. She also is the illustrator of Margaret Wise Brown’s posthumous picture book, The Moon Shines Down. Linda’s childhood experiences of growing up on a tree farm surrounded by nature have had a profound influence on her style. She is drawn to nature scenes and animal characters, in particular, and incorporates earthy colors and interesting patterns into all of her work. She collects old toys with vintage illustrations, and artifacts from her world travels for inspiration. Linda lives in Mequon, Wisconsin with her husband and two children.
The Latest Painted Words News
Vanessa Brantley Newton and Molly Idle To Be Exhibited in the Society of Illustrators’ Original Art Show
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Makes Goodreads’ List “100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime: Readers’ Picks”
August 14, 2014