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Brenda Jones

Brenda Jones was born and raised on Prince Edward Island. Jones lived in Montreal where she worked as a commercial designer, a film animator, and an illustrator. She has since returned to PEI and is a fulltime illustrator.  Her humorous and lighthearted drawings have accompanied several narratives written by PEI authors.

Eric Orchard

Eric Orchard grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Orchard began illustrating in grade school before going on to study painting and art history at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He has illustrated three picturebooks, as well as the web comic Harry and Silvio.

Molly Bobak

Molly Lamb Bobak, née Lamb, was born in Vancouver in 1922. From 1938 to 1941, she studied at the Vancouver School of Art with J.L. Shadbolt. In 1942, Bobak joined the Canadian Women’s Army Corps and was appointed an official war artist with the Canadian army in Europe in 1945. She married Bruno Bobak in 1945, and they returned to Vancouver where Molly taught at the Vancouver School of Art until 1950. In 1960, the Bobak's moved to Fredericton, New Brunswick, with their two children, Alexander and Anny. After spending some time in Europe on a Canada Council fellowship, Molly returned to Fredericton and became an instructor at the University of New Brunswick Art Centre. She held this position until 1977. Her work is displayed at the National Gallery of Canada and in numerous other galleries in Canada and around the world. Bobak resided in Fredericton until her death in 2014.

Susan Tooke

Susan Tooke was born and raised in New Jersey, and knew from an early age that art was her passion. In 1972, Tooke graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor in Fine Arts, and began teaching in Newark, New Jersey. It was during this time that Tooke also enhanced her education by taking courses in photography and animation at the New School in New York City. In 1980, Tooke moved to Nova Scotia, and in 2000 she illustrated and published her first book, A Seaside Alphabet.

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