NS Illustrators Profiles
Beth Ann is from Dartmouth but lives on the South Shore of Nova Scotia with her family of four. Her debut children’s book, Row Bot, was published in 2017 by MacIntyre Purcell. Said about Row Bot…
“Through clever text and hilarious illustrations, Knowles invites children to the sheer fun of wordplay. Younger kids will relish the sounds and pictures, while older ones grasp the comic subtleties. A highly original and fun book.”
-Kate Lum, multi-awardwinning author, of What! Cried Granny and Princesses Are Not Just Pretty
Beth Ann was the esteemed winner of two poetry contests when she was in grade 6. Her mother thinks that’s still relevant.
In 2020 she won the H.R. (Bill) Percy Creative Non-Fiction Prize for a story called The Hwagae Bath House.
Briana Corr Scott is an illustrator and writer based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She tells stories about the beauty of the natural world in her oil paintings, paper doll creations and children’s literature.
As a student at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Briana dedicated herself to painting and drawing from life, inspired by the work of the American Impressionists she admired at the nearby Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum. Since moving to Dartmouth from New England in 2006, she has continued her passion for working observationally, applying these skills to her botanical drawings, illustrations, animations, surface patterns, paintings and words. Working primarily in oil, her art is inspired by the wind, light and presence of a place, which she finds as she focuses on capturing the strange, overlooked details in nature. Her residency at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland during the summer of 2019 was a turning point in her career. While hiking and painting en plein air, she allowed her art to merge by playfully connecting her oil paintings, illustrations, and prose.
Briana’s evolution into children’s literature is a natural progression of the poetry she has been writing since the age of 17. It brings together her fantastical series of paper dolls illustrations with stories that she creates while walking in nature. Her first and second picture books, “She Dreams of Sable Island,”, and “The Book of Selkie” were published by Nimbus Publishing Ltd. in 2019. She is currently working on “Wildflower”, to be released in spring 2021. Briana has shown her work in solo and group shows at Argyle Fine Art and Teichart Gallery in Halifax. Her work has appeared internationally in online features, films and magazines. She has read aloud from “She Dreams of Sable Island” and discussed her writing process and art practice at numerous events, including public talks at Argyle Fine Art, “Word on the Street” at the Halifax Public Library and the Museum of Natural History in Halifax.
Doretta graduated from NSCAD with a BA in Art Education. She then worked in Swaziland, Africa for a year and then Igloolik, Nunavut for another two. Before and after these diverse experiences, she was an avid traveller and tree planter.
Once settled in Nova Scotia, Doretta worked as an artist in classrooms through AVRSB, the program Arts Infusion, the Paints program, and as a volunteer. Her paintings are represented by the Harvest Gallery in Wolfville, Details Gallery in Charlottetown, and Art Sales and Rentals at the AGNS in Halifax.
Doretta has illustrated 5 children’s picture books, including Fiddles and Spoons (Dery Publishing Group) and Bounce, Beans and Burn (Acorn Press). She is the author and illustrator of I’m Writing a Story and Snow for Christmas (Acorn Press). Her 6th book, Thank You For My Bed, was published in Fall 2011.
Dr. George Burden has had an active twenty five year career as a freelance writer, with a focus on travel, but with publications encompassing the gamut of medical-history, human interest, humour, poetry and fiction.
George has placed articles with markets as diverse as The Readers Digest, The Halifax Sunday Herald, The Medical Post, Funny Times, The Writer and Just For Canadian Doctors, among many others.
His adventures have taken him to the shores of all seven continents and into the waters of all five oceans. He has ventured from shipwrecks in the depths of the Atlantic to the cockpit of an airborne F-18 fighter jet, from the crater of an active Antarctic volcano to a private audience with the King of the Ashanti at his palace in Kumasi.
Dr. Burden is a past recipient of the Governor General’s Medal. He has served with the venerable Explorers Club as regional chairman for Quebec/Atlantic provinces and in the role of Director at Large for the organization. George became a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2012. In 2014 George succeeded his father as the 31st Baron of Seabegs (Seybeggis-traditional), Stirlingshire, Scotland. He is currently an associate member of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs in Edinburgh as well as the Canadian Commissioner for the Scottish Clan Lamont.
George published his first book, Amazing Medical Stories, co-authored with Dorothy Grant, in May of 2003 with Goose Lane Editions. He was also the recipient of the Travel Media Association of Canada’s:
He won 3 awards at the 2010 North American Travel Journalism Awards.
Gold – Category 143: Resorts – “Chilling Out at Quebec City’s Le Chateau Entente”
(Published at Life As A Human on July 30th, 2010)
Silver – Category 128: Intergenerational and Family Travel – “Princess for a Day”
(Published at The Medical Post, April 6, 2010 Issue)
Bronze – Category 150: Cultural, Educational, Self-Improvement Travel – “Having a Ball, Vienna Style”
(Published at Life As A Human on June 12th, 2010)
At present his interest is focused on producing articles for the travel and adventure market.
Emma FitzGerald was born in Southern Africa to Irish parents and grew up in Vancouver. She has studied both art and architecture, and is the author of Hand Drawn Halifax. She lives and draws in North End Halifax.
- Hand Drawn Halifax. Formac Lorimer, Halifax, September 2015.
- Hand Drawn Halifax: The Colouring Book. Formac Lorimer, Halifax, September 2015.
- Sketch by Sketch Along Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Formac Lorimer, Halifax, 2017.
- EveryBody’s Different on EveryBody Street, words Sheree Fitch. Nimbus Publishing, 2018.
- Pivot Point. Words Bren Simmers, Gaspereau Press, 2019.
- A Pocketful of Time: The Poetic Childhood of Elizabeth Bishop, words Rita Wilson, Nimbus Publishing, 2019.
- Hand Drawn Vancouver. Appetite Penguin Random House, June 2020.
- City Streets are for People, words Andrea Curtis. Groundwood publishing, May 2021.
- Two Crows. Words Susan Vande Griek. Nimbus Publishing, Spring 2021.
- Hand Drawn Victoria. Appetite Penguin Random House, May 2023.
Atlantic Publisher’s Award, 2015.
‘Best Book’, The Coast Halifax, 2015.
Nominated for 2020 Elizabeth Mrazik Cleaver Award for excellence in Illustration, IBBY Canada.
Author/illustrator Frances Wolfe worked in the Halifax Regional Library system for more than thirty years. Most of those years were spent in the Children’s Services Department, where she became an accomplished storyteller, puppeteer and children’s programmer. Frances has drawn inspiration for her work from the the many children’s authors and illustrators, to whom she was exposed and which she admired, while working at the library. She is a self-taught artist and has illustrated all of her books.
Frances and her husband live in a house they built on the shores of Nova Scotia. It stands on a piece of land that has been in her family for almost two centuries. Her love of the sea is evident in her first book, Where I Live, as well as her second offering, One Wish, both of which are available in English and Spanish. Her newest book, The Little Toy Shop, is a departure from the ocean theme. It is a tender tale of love lost and found again at the most magical time of Christmas.
Frances very much enjoys meeting and speaking with children about her work.
Winner of the 2005 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Book Illustration; ‘One Wish’
Winner of the 2002 Ann Connor Brimmer Award for Children’s Literature; ‘Where I Live’
Winner of the 2002 Emilia Frances Howard Gibbon Award for Illustration; ‘Where I Live’
Shortlisted for the 2002 Cunard First Book Award; ‘Where I Live’
Geoff Butler is a painter, writer and book illustrator. He was born on Fogo Island, Nfld., near Brimstone Head which has been designated by the Flat Earth Society as one of the four corners of the earth.
Geoff practices his art daily so as not to fall over the edge. He has self-published five books: Art of War: Painting it out of the Picture (1990); The Look of Angels: Angels in Art (2004), a collection of poems, songs, stories, paintings and drawings; and With Every Breath We Take (2007), a modern fable in which a snowflake helps put an end to war; Our Own Little World: in paintings and verse (2013); and One Swallow Makes a Summer Meal: allegories in paintings and verse (2016). Every now and then, he strolls down Alphabet Soup Road to write and illustrate children’s books.
He is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Syracuse University. He also studied at the Art Students’ League in New York City. His paintings have been exhibited at, and toured by, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. He has been a visual arts recipient of a Nova Scotia Arts Council Creation grant and a Canada Council Established Artist grant. In 2006, he was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He lives in the small village of Granville Ferry, N.S.
Jan Coates lives in Wolfville, NS with her husband and their Golden Irish, Charlie. She has two married children (sadly in Ontario) and loves visiting schools through the Writers in the Schools (WITS) program. Jan’s interest in writing for children grew out of her own love of words and stories and a passion for helping kids become lifelong readers and writers.
In her free time, Jan can be found on the badminton court, travelling, at the gym, the cottage, or Frenchy’s. Her first picture book, Rainbows in the Dark (Second Story Press, 2005) has been translated into Spanish, Catalan, and Braille, with Korean and Brazilian rights also sold. She has also written eighteen ESL illustrated chapter books for Caramel Tree, a Korean-based English Language School, and two non-fiction workbooks for Quebec ESL students.
Her debut novel, A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk (Red Deer Press, 2010), was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award (Children’s Text) in 2011, as well as an Ann Connor Brimer Award finalist. She has also written five middle grade novels; The Hermit (Nimbus, 2020); Say What You Mean (Nevermore, 2019); Talking to the Moon (Red Deer, 2018),The Power of Harmony (Red Deer, 2013), also a Brimer finalist, and Rocket Man, a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers (Red Deer, 2014). Jan’s picture books include: Dancing with Daisy (Running the Goat, 2019); Karissa & Felix (self-published, as both author and illustrator, 2019); A Halifax Time-Travelling Tune (Nimbus, 2018), Sky Pig (Pajama Press, 2016), The King of Keji (Nimbus, 2015), and Rainbows in the Dark (Second Story Press, 2005). Her current passion (other than learning to illustrate and creating soul smiles, her greeting cards) is writing a work of creative non-fiction for young readers about Canadian landscape painter (and all-around interesting person) Doris McCarthy (1910 – 2010).
Dancing with Daisy, best new product, Newfoundland Trade and Gift Show 2020; finalist for Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, 2020 (illustrator Josee Bisaillon)
The Power of Harmony: Finalist, Violet Downey Award 2014; Ann Connor Brimer Atlantic Book Award Finalist; OLA Bets Best Book 2014; Hackmatack Book, 2014/15.
A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk: Finalist, 2011 Governor General’s Literary Awards; Finalist, Ann Connor Brimer Award; starred Kirkus Review; USBBY Honor List, 2011.
Rainbows in the Dark: USBBY Honor List of Outstanding Books for Young People with Diabilities, 2006.
Rocket Man (Woozles Battle of the Books, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, 2015)
Sky Pig (winner of Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration; artist, Suzanne Del Rizzo)
A new season just beginning! Definitely time to upgrade my bio; even though some things never change life’s experience continually morphs and expands. Have to love that 🙂
Part of me is still the kid from Manchester, England, who always wanted to be a writer, a painter and a farmer, living by the ocean, and much to my amazement, here I am, living my dream on a small island just east of Halifax. Of course I’m greatly influenced by the coastal environment and references to this locale have a way of sneaking into most of my work. I love my reality but I usually can’t resist adding a twist or two of magic to my work, especially my favorite genres of poetry, adult short fiction and childrens fiction.
As an illustrator and writer, I like to combine both these forms of expression, especially in my books for children. Recently, however the denizens of QuackaDoodle Farm, who take up a fair amount of my attention, have been demanding their space on the page and this has resulted in, Permaculture for the Rest of Us (New Society Publishing) a factual account of life here at QuackaDoodle, my blog site QuackaDoodle.Wordpress.com and occassional posts on the Mother Earth News Site.
My latest book The Foodlovers’ Garden (New Society) is scheduled for release May 2017 and I was delighted to be able to illustrate this with thirty+ illustrations and forty digital images, all celebrating the wonders of homegrown food. Yum! And oh so colourful.
The second edition of Gully Goes to Halifax flew into my life recently. The story remains mostly unchanged but this edition has twice the page size and all the illustrations are in full colour, so I’m delighted about that.
I believe everyone is writer at heart because of course we all have things to say, ideas to share. This is one of the reasons why I particularly enjoy leading writing workshops for both children and adults but mostly, it’s about the stories that get shared. Surely story is the thread that binds us all together while, equally importantly, poetry tends to magnify and perhaps suggest a new way of seeing both the mundane and the magical.
Please visit me at: Quackadoodle.wordpress.com for sporadic but ongoing news of life down here on the farm
Jenni has been mentioned in “Our Choice Book List” and “Outstanding Canadian Children’s Books” by the Children’s Book Centre, Toronto. Her recent novel Island of Dead Souls came first in the Atlantic Writing competition YA category.
Jo Treggiari was born in London, England, and raised in Canada. She spent many years in Oakland, California and New York, where she trained as a boxer, wrote for a punk magazine, and owned a gangster rap/indie rock record label. Her novel Ashes, Ashes, a YA post-apocalyptic adventure published by Scholastic Press, was a multiple award nominee and bestseller. Her acclaimed novella Love You Like Suicide, appeared in the Fierce Ink Press anthology Becoming Fierce: Teen Stories IRL and as a limited edition of the long-running zine Cometbus. Her most recent YA novels are Blood Will Out, a psych-thriller, published by Penguin Teen (2018), and a second thriller, The Grey Sisters, (Penguin Teen 2019) which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary award and was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis award.
Arthur Ellis Award finalist (2020)
Governor General’s Literary Award finalist (2019)
OLA White Pine Fiction nominee (2012)
Snow Cedar Fiction Nominee (2012)
Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year (2012)
American Booksellers Association Best Books of 2011
John Cunningham Profile
John Cunningham is a retired journalist and amateur military historian living in Bridgewater, N.S. A 1962 Acadia Science graduate, he began a wide-ranging 37-year media career with the Saint John Telegraph-Journal and The Evening Times-Globe. He was also a news writer at Radio-TV Station, CHSJ, Saint John, the Toronto bureau of The Canadian Press and The Bridgewater Bulletin. During the 1980s, his stories appeared in many regional magazines, including Atlantic Advocate, Halifax Magazine, Atlantic Insight and The Novascotian. He also contributed items to Lookout Magazine, Life and Leisure on the Costa del Sol while living two years in Malaga. Spain. An amateur musician, Cunningham plays drums with the Mahone Bay Legion and Mersey Swing Bands and is a former member of the Bridgewater Fire Department Band. He and his wife Mary have a cottage near Saint Andrews, N.B.
Cunningham has published two First World War histories, Where Duty Lies, a New Brunswick Soldier in the Trenches of World War 1 , and The Summer the Soldiers Came to Town, Officers and men from across the nation came St. Andrews to train for service in The Great War. His First World War newspaper feature stories have appeared in regional newspapers including The Telegraph-Journal and The Novascotian. He is currently working on Second World War projects centered about the Veterans Guard of Canada and its role at prisoner of war camps at Gravenhurst, Ontario, and Ripples, New Brunswick.AWARDS
The 2019 Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Society Award for Historical Writing.
A Graphic Designer with and English Degree seems like a natural fit for Book Design! I’ve been doing all kinds of Graphic Design since graduating from Art School in 1999, when Mac computers looked like blue spaceships, and the Internet was in diapers.
A native Haligonian, I have clients all across the country through my wee freelance business that has been thriving for a couple of decades now. Trust me when I say, I love this business. I love the sumptuous texture of paper. I kern movie titles. I speak Helvetica fluently. And, though it may not be the stuff of dreams – I can make a killer GRAPH.
Basically, my specialty is the art of visual language.
Kathy Kaulbach lives and works in Prospect Bay, Nova Scotia. Originating as a graphic designer, she worked in museums and as a freelancer for many years doing a variety of print and exhibit work in the educational and publishing fields. She has illustrated over a dozen children’s books and designed over 200 publications. After an eight year pause in her children’s illustration, Kathy returned in 2006, as HildaRose, to her ‘soul work’ in the children’s publishing industry. In a mix of both traditional and digital, her work continues to be humourous and energetic with the usual odd batch of characters.
Lauren is the author and illustrator of When Emily was Small. She has lived on both coasts of Canada, always within reach of the sea. She currently lives in a 140-year-old house in the wilds of Nova Scotia with her librarian husband, two curious children, an ever-expanding collection of books, two hives of bees, and one cat. She has a Visual Arts BFA with Honours from the University of Victoria, and a certificate of Fine Furniture from Camosun College. Along the way, she has learned to make a Queen Anne Highboy, a pottery mug, a hand knit pair of socks, a headstand, and a mess. She is represented by Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists.
When Emily was Small, written and illustrated by Lauren Soloy, published by Tundra Books, Summer 2020.
Etty Darwin and the Four Pebble Problem, written and illustrated by Lauren Soloy, published by Tundra Books, Summer 2021.
BIOGRAPHY Maritza, artist and designer with over 17 years of international experience. University Graduated ISDI (Superior Institute of Design) 1993. Bachelor in drawing and sculpture (Fine Art Academy San Alejandro) 1988. Junior in Fine Arts (23yC) 1984. All in Havana, Cuba. Also she has several post-graduated courses.
An award winning children’s book illustrator, works directly with clients, manages projects from initial conception to final publication. Her work includes illustrations and designs for books, calendars, magazines, flyers, posters, logos, global image and others. At the same time she draws and paints on canvas, paper, wood, everywhere… she loves portraits, eyes, expressions, human bodies, mystic ambiences, fairies, and new characters with historical costumes…
Maritza is one of the founders of “Proyecto Artistico Mundo Vivo” (Art Project World Alive) 1995 and “Nueva Gente” (New People) since 2009. She received “La Rosa Blanca” National award from UNEAC (National Union of Writers and Artist in Cuba), Category: “Best illustrations for children books”, 2007.She has been recognized for having great versatility in her illustration style.
She has participated in collective and solo exhibitions in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Spain and Canada.
Once settled in Nova Scotia in 2010, Maritza started new projects and goals. She joined VANS and WFNS to follow the NS community and exhibiting at The Hub Gallery her work “Living”, 2011 and in June 2012 at View Point Gallery present with a local photographer the project “Playgrounds of the Fairies”. She is enjoying mixing in her works, her Latin background with the amazing Nova Scotian atmosphere than she and her family live in now.
BIBLOGRAPHY OF ILLUSTRATIONS PUBLISHED
Olga Marta. El Halcón Marqués. Ediciones UNIÓN, 2004.
Emilió Ariosa. El Delator. Editorial Capitán San Luis, 2001.
Otro elefante en la cuerda floja. Ediciones UNIÓN, 2008
Enrique Pérez. Aventuras de los Pelusos. Ediciones UNIÓN, 2008.
Esther Suárez. El viaje de mico. Colección DienteLeche, 2005.
Nelson Simón, Sueño en una noche de verano. Colección Dienteleche, 2005.
José M. Espino. El ultimo diente de leche. Colección DienteLeche, 2006.
Nersys Felipe. Corazón de Libélula. Ediciones UNIÓN, 2006.
Olga Marta & Alina Torres. Traviesos de la noche. Editorial Gente Nueva, 2009.
Ada Elba Pérez, Liuba María Hevia & Olga Marta Pérez. Como granos de canela. Ediciones UNIÓN, 2007
Ana María. Pequeño sol en Barrio Gris. Habana: Edicion
Nancy is the author/photographer of 4 childrens book in the Secret Life of Squirrels series, with a fifth on the way. She is a retired high school Family Studies teacher and Guidance Counsellor with a love for photography and the curious antics of her backyard squirrels. In about 2010 she started taking making squirrel size props (a barbecue, mailbox, washer and dryer, etc) and dioramas, and she lured squirrels into her sets by hiding nuts. Her humorous photos of the squirrels appeared online and in newspapers and magazines world-wide. In 2014 her first children’s book, The Secret Life of Squirrels, was published in Canada and the U.S., followed by three subsequent books in 2015 and 2016, and July 2018. For classroom visits, Nancy brings along a tote box filled with some of her homemade props to show the students and she talks about the art and craft of recycling and being creative.
Nancy’s first two books have also been published in South Korea, and Japan and all are available in paperback to schools through Scholastic Books. The first is also available as a board book for the youngest readers.
Nancy spends her free time with her grandsons when not photographing the expanding number of animal visitors in her backyard in Hubley.
Short-listed for the Lillian Sheppard Award for Excellence in Illustration (2015), Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award (Washington Library Media Association, 2016), selected for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (2017 and 2018)
Patrick Woodcock is the author of 9 books of poetry and countless reviews. His work has been translated and published in 14 languages. Since travel is so essential to his work, Mr. Woodcock has lived and worked in such diverse countries as Iceland, Poland, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, The Sultanate of Oman, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, The Kurdish North of Iraq and Azerbaijan. Within Canada he has travelled from the West to East coasts, as well as working as a volunteer for almost a year with the elders of Fort Good Hope, NT – 20km south of the Arctic Circle. His seventh book Always Die Before Your Mother was shortlisted for Canada’s ReLit award in 2010 and reached the number one spot on the Globe and Mail’s bestseller list. His 8th book Echo Gods and Silent Mountains was extremely well reviewed all over the world and was called “…the most beautiful, deep and touching collection of poetry written on Kurds by a non-Kurd.” by the Kurdish media network, Rudaw. He has read at International poetry festival’s in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Slovenia, the Kurdish North of Iraq, Azerbaijan, England, The Republic of Georgia, Tanzania, Kenya and Canada’s Winnipeg International Writers Festival. While living in Colombia he read at the Ibague Poetry Festival, The XVIII Medellin International Poetry Festival and was the first poet from outside of Latin America to ever read at the Bogota Poetry Festival. Patrick’s ninth book of poetry You can’t bury them all which is set in the Kurdish North of Iraq, Fort Good Hope, NT Canada and Azerbaijan was published by ECW Press in 2016. You can’t bury them all won the Alcuin Society Book Design Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for the JM Abraham Poetry Award in 2017. After living for two years in Tanzania as a volunteer at Baraa Primary School, Arusha, Patrick moved to the hamlet of Paulatuk in the Inuvik region of the Northwest Territories to work while completing his new manuscript Farhang Volume 1. Because his work can never escape the politics of where he resides, he is also a member of PEN Canada.
- The Six O’Clock Club
- Scarring Endymion
- The Challenged One
- Controlling Mastema
- Theatre of Panic (New and Selected in Bosnian)
- Always Die Before Your Mother
- Echo Gods and Silent Mountains
- Tipping Coffins (New and Selected in Azeri)
- Ceiling Shrapnel (New and Selected in Serbian)
- You can’t bury them all
- Farhang (Volume I) (due for publication 2022)
- The Ballet of Patrick Blue Ass (AWOL – Tales for a Travel Inspired Minds)
ReLit Award – shortlisted for poetry – Always Die Before Your Mother – 2010
Alcuin Society Award for Poetry (First Prize) – You can’t bury them all – 2017
JM Abraham Poetry Award – shortlisted – You can’t bury them all – 2017