• 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.


  • Expressing myself through storytelling is an inherent part of who I am. As a visual storyteller 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, race or gender can identify. I work traditionally. There’s something about the bead of paint meeting the paper that makes me smile. I might have been born in the wrong era. My inspiration stems from illustration’s golden age. My goal is to tell a story through delicate pencil drawings and transparent soft watercolor washes to sync a nostalgic, timeless feel with the freshness of present day.

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