Hey! Thanks for dropping by my website. Here you will find information about my writing, and pictures of my illustrations. However, this is also a place for young artists to hang out, send in artwork (refer to my CONTACT page) and refer to ARTIST TIPS AND OTHER COOL SITES under ARTIST’S CORNER for fun and inspiration. Check out YOUNG ARTISTS in the same place to see what others have sent in. You could be my next Featured Artist on my home page!
The paintings below are from my upcoming book, written by Karen Autio and published by Sono Nis Press, called Growing Up in Wild Horse Canyon. The book explores Okanagan history by focusing on Wild Horse Canyon in Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park (south of Kelowna, BC) and its vicinity. This advanced picture book includes natural and social history. A young Syilx man on a vision quest … horses wild and tamed … fur brigades … secret Second World War commando training: all are linked to the canyon and area. It will be a great read for young and old alike!
To see other books I have illustrated refer to the BOOKS section.
Click on SCHOOL CHALLENGES to see what kids have sent in after my school visits. Each school gets their own challenge to draw a different creature from Orion’s Sword my yet-to-be-published juvenile fantasy, and I am posting them for you to see. There is talent out there! Have a look!
Check out EXCERPTS & ART under SCHOOL CHALLENGES where I’ve shown my first attempts at illustrating the creatures in Orion’s Sword. (My first drawings of a bellator were pretty funny!) Read the excerpts, and try your hand at illustrating the creatures described. Or you can just send me anything you love to draw. You will see your artwork posted.
I love being a writer and an illustrator. But the real truth? I’d rather be a bellator because they’re huge creatures with attitudes and wings!
Loraine (Bellator-wanna-be) Kemp
For enlargements – see my portfolio page