ABOUT KERRY MCQUAIDE

  • Kerry McQuaide studied art in London at Chelsea School of Art and Design and graduated from Parsons School of Design. A writer and illustrator based in the Hudson Valley, Kerry is an Assistant Regional Advisor for Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the 12×12 Challenge and the Storyteller Academy.
    On the personal side, she has lived on a boat (until it sank), has ridden motorcycles on a frozen lake (it’s not as crazy as it sounds), and once stood fifteen feet from the Queen of England (disappointingly, there were no trumpets announcing her arrival and she was not wearing a crown).

    She has been a website designer, a bookkeeper, and a business consultant, but her favorite job title is “Aunt K” to five adorable nieces and nephews.

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • When I was a little girl, I would pour over Shel Silverstein’s poems and drawings. The way the words and pictures worked together to tell a story blew my little mind. I could feel it–the magical power of this type of storytelling. I wanted to be able to make other people feel the way those books made me feel: seen, heard, recognized. 


    Stories are fun, but it’s more than that…each book a child reads is a doorway into understanding more about herself and more about the world she lives in. 


    I want to create those doorways—to laughter, to learning, to imagined worlds, and most importantly to connecting with each other.