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. 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. 

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

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

Nancy Rose

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.

 

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.

Frances Wolfe

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.

Geoff Butler

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.

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