Illustrators

John Cunningham

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.

Lauren Soloy

Lauren is the author and illustrator of When Emily was Small and Etty Darwin and the Four Pebble Problem. 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. 

Briana Corr Scott

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.

Kate Macintosh

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.

Beth Ann Knowles

Originally from Dartmouth, NS, Beth Ann completed a science degree at Dalhousie University. She works as an online ESL Teacher and Teacher Mentor, and coaches youth soccer in the summer. Beth Ann is passionate about the environment and enjoys being active. Early morning runs, bike rides, paddles, and yoga are her favourite things. She lives on the South Shore of Nova Scotia with her husband, two sons, and their dog, Gordie.   

Nancy Rose

Nancy is the author/photographer of 4 childrens book in the Secret Life of Squirrels series, and a new (2021) alphabet board book featuring Oakley the Squirrel. She is a retired high school Family Studies teacher and Guidance Counsellor. In 2010 she started making squirrel size props (a barbecue, mailbox, washer and dryer, etc) and dioramas, and she lured her backyard 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, U.S. and Japan and South Korea. 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 books are available in paperback to schools through Scholastic Books.

Nancy is available again for Google Meet sessions, which went over very well in the 2020 school year, and also for live classroom presentations.

 

Patrick Woodcock

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.

Maritza Miari

Maritza Miari

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

Doretta Groenendyk

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.

Eleonore Schönmaier

Eleonore Schönmaier’s Field Guide to the Lost Flower of Crete  is forthcoming in June 2021 (McGill-Queen’s University Press). Her collections are widely praised in reviews. Wavelengths of Your Song (MQUP) was published in German translation as Wellenlängen deines Liedes in 2020 by parasitenpresse (Cologne).  Dust Blown Side of the Journey (MQUP) was a finalist for the Eyelands Book Awards (Greece). Treading Fast Rivers (MQUP) was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for best first book of poetry in Canada. She has taught advanced fiction courses at St. Mary’s University, creative writing at Mount Saint Vincent University, and has worked as a poetry mentor for the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. Her poetry has been set to music by Canadian, Dutch, Scottish, American and Greek composers and she has performed her poetry in concert with The New European Ensemble among others. She has won the Alfred G. Bailey Prize, the Earle Birney Prize, and the National Broadsheet Contest 2019. Published in League of Canadian Poets Poem in Your Pocket Day Brochure in 2018, 2019 and 2021, she has also been widely anthologised including in Best Canadian Poetry.  Her poetry was presented in a twelve page feature by The New Quarterly. “Live-Retrieved Memory:  the Poetry of Eleonore Schönmaier.”  https://eleonoreschonmaier.com

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