Elizabeth Lorayne is an author, artist and mother, inspired by nature, history and the daily rhythms of her surroundings. As the granddaughter of Admiral Walter T. Griffith and having spent her own childhood sailing and exploring the shorelines of the Pacific Northwest, she has developed a deep respect, curiosity and love for water, exploration and creativity. Now, while raising her young daughter on the Northern Atlantic coast, Elizabeth feels a desire to remind all of us of our forever shared companion – Mother Nature; and with that reminder, to press upon us to cherish and protect her.
Elizabeth is a graduate of The New School in New York City and a current member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is also on the board of directors for the Newburyport Maritime Society – Custom House Maritime Museum in Massachusetts. You can see her artwork on her personal site Elizabethlorayne.com.
Karen Watson is an artist, illustrator and visual effects compositor living on the stunning west coast of British Columbia. Since graduating from film school in 1999, She has worked as an artist in the film and television industry, run her own greeting card company, Blue Belle design, and was the curator for a local art gallery. In pursuit of a balance between her passion for digital and textile creativity, in 2006 she jumped down the rabbit hole to pursue the art of illustration. The opportunity to study and understand light, colour and composition, gave her the skills and the eye to create illustrations using the organically beautiful medium of water colours. Karen’s whimsical, fairytale style lends itself well to children’s books, with the goal to delight both children and adults with illustrations that tell a story through attention to detail and design. Karen feels fortunate to be working as both an illustrator and an awards nominated digital compositor in visual effects. She is a proud member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, inspiring young minds to read. You can find her illustrations at Karenwatson.com and a list of her film work on IMBD.
Contributing Artistic Designer
Kendra Shedenhelm is an artist living in Croton on Hudson, NY with her husband, their 7 year old son, Archer, and two cats, Tyco and Leo Lionni.
Kendra spent her childhood in Nebraska, illustrating short stories, entering poster contests and creating "sellable" wares out of paper placemats.
Since graduating with her BFA from Chicago in 1996, Kendra has worked as a printmaker in both New York and Colorado and has been working as a graphic artist and designer at agencies in NYC and LA for over 15 years.
In 2012 she took her first illustration course, and in 2013, she was hired to illustrate Edward Lear’s “Nonsense Alphabet,” “The Owl and the Pussycat,” and “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” (ustyme.com). The fourth book she illustrated, “You, the Magician,” was released in November 2014, and can be viewed at youthemagician.com.
Kendra was a semi-finalist in the 2014 Tomie dePaola Award and was featured in the KidLit411 Illustrator Spotlight this past February. You can find out more about her and her process in this video interview with illustrator Mark Mitchell. You can find out more about her and her work at KendraShedenhelm.com.