Cathy Johnson is a painter, author and teacher who grew up in Independence, Missouri, and now lives in a small town near there. She took a fun evening and weekend classes at the Kansas City Art Institute as a young woman, but is otherwise completely self-taught. She has authored eight North Light books, as well as Sierra Club Guide to Sketching in Nature, Sierra Club Guide to Painting in Nature, and writes for Watercolor Artist magazine. You can see more of her work at www.cathyjohnson.info.
Rama grew up in Florida, went to the Maryland Institute College of Art and now lives in Glendale, California, with his wife, Christine Castro Hughes. He is an art teacher and freelance illustrator. For more of his work, visit www.ramahughes.com.
Seamus grew up in New England and now lives in Portland, Oregon. He recently graduated with a BFA in painting from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and did a semester abroad with the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts in Greece. He is a freelance illustrator/painter/comics artist. His work has been published in various anthologies such as The Portland Nobodies Comics Anthology, Postcards: True Stories that Never Happened and The Portland Funbook and can be seen at www.seaheff.com.
Kurt grew up in Portland, Oregon, attended the Burnley School for Professional Art in Seattle, and is now an illustrator and teaches drawing and illustration at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland. He has illustrated many books including On Foot, In Gear and The Adventure Journal. You can see more of his work at www.kurtdhollomon.com.
Christine was born in the Philippines and grew up in Placentia, California. In college, she studied journalism and American studies. She now lives with her husband Rama in Glendale, California, and runs Darling Design. For more of her art, visit https://maganda.org.
Peter has lived in and around New York his whole life. He studied at the private studio of Andrew Reiss, at The Art Students League with Harvey Dinnerstein, at L'Ecole Albert Dufois with Ted Seth Jacobs, and earned an MFA in illustration at Syracuse University. He is an illustrator and book designer and teaches painting. His work can be seen at www.drawger.com/cusack and www.illoz.com/cusack
Penelope grew up in northern Indiana, graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a BFA and went immediately into design and art direction for an ad agency. Five years later, she quit that to pursue illustration full time. See her work at www.penelopeillustration.com.
Mark grew up in Upstate New York outside Albany in the hamlet of Elsmere. He has an associate's degree in advertising design and production from Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, New York, and a BA in graphic design from Buffalo State College in Buffalo, New York. He now lives in Lowell, Massachusetts, where he has a freelance illustration and design business. For more of his work, visit www.marksfisher.com.
Enrique grew up in a small village in Extremadura, Spain, then studied fine arts at The Universidad Complutense in Madrid and earned a MA in graphic design from Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London. He is now a freelance illustrator in Madrid. You can see more of his work at www.4ojos.com.
Barry grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, still lives in Cleveland, and hopes to die somewhere besides Cleveland. He received a BFA in painting from Bowling Green State University. He illustrates children's books, writes and draws greeting cards, and raids the refrigerator from his home studio. His work can be seen at www.barrygott.com, in children's books like Dino-Hockey by Lisa Wheeler and on greeting cards from Recycled Paper Greetings.