• Kary Lee | Visual Storyteller { illustrator } 
    As a kid, if Kary wasn’t in her back yard painting backdrops on her sliding glass door, or tap tap tapping at the typewriter, she was most likely directing (bossing around) neighborhood kids in one of her screen plays. After college she landed a job as an art director because she liked the bossy part. But when she started hiring illustrators she realized she was on the wrong side of the desk. After taking a painting class she discovered SCBWI, won a portfolio award at her first LA Conference and was hooked. Five picture books and a Mom’s Choice award later, she’s never looked back.


  • I am inspired by the universal language of art and the power it holds to tell stories that children of all ages, regardless of ethnicity, culture, age or gender. I make my art traditionally. There’s something about the bead of paint being pooling on the paper that makes me smile. I might have been born in the wrong era. My inspiration stems from the golden age of illustrators. I tell my stories through pencil drawings that inspire soft transparent watercolor washes, glazing and clean lines, and a focus on luminosity to create a nostalgic, timeless feel while addressing the topics and trends of today.

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