ABOUT LORI TAYLOR
As a Michigan artist/author/illustrator, my childhood Clarkston backyard of five acres sparked my imagination and instilled in me a love of story. Now I’m author/illustrator of my mid-grade HOLLY WILD nature mystery series, picture books, mid-grade fantasy, and others. I love humor with natural history, history, science, and legend, to engage children and promote literacy. I’ve illustrated MeeGenius! titles and am a regular illustrator for Michigan History for Kids Magazine. I was author and illustrator-in-residence for the Literacy Legacy Fund of MI in 2015, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Artist-in-Residence in 2008, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Artist-in-Residence in 2007, and use those experiences to fuel my tales. I’ve exhibited fine art for 30 years, been seasonal naturalist and graphic artist for Oakland County Parks, and completed the Children’s Writing course at the Institute of Children’s Literature. As a nature writing/drawing grandma in hiking boots I hike, bike, and kayak the wild seeking out hidden stories. I live in Pinckney, MI running after pets, chickens, wild critters, and grandkids, all of whom inspire me.
Having been a mixed media fine artist for 30 years I apply the same techniques in my illustration. Drawing with Copic pens, Derwent soft colored pencils, and ink on vellum gives my art the energy and raw line I crave. But when I add mixed mediums, textures, and natural or man-made elements, it gives each book its own voice. The best part about being a nature author/illustrator is that I get to romp in park and wild places then bring back the tales!