ABOUT MERRILL RAINEY

  • Growing up, Merrill Rainey spent most of his Saturday afternoons watching monster movies, drawing superheroes, and going on imaginary adventures with his brothers. Today, he is a cowboy-boot-wearing, award-winning illustrator, designer, and paper engineer. Merrill likes to experiment with tools and uses marker, cut paper, or water soluble graphite to create his illustrations. He has served on faculty at the Highlights Foundation and is currently the illustrator coordinator for the Northern Ohio chapter of the SCBWI. Merrill lives in the historic village of Whitehouse, Ohio, with his editor (his wife), subject matter experts (his kids), and very opinionated coworkers (one pup, one goldfish, a toad, and a crabby hermit crab).

    Books:

    • ROAR! I’m a Dinosaur • Harper Kids (Summer 2022)
    • Color, Cut, Create! – Horses • OddDot (Fall 2020) an imprint of Macmillan
    • Color, Cut, Create! – Dinosaurs • OddDot (Fall 2020) an imprint of Macmillan
    • Asteroid Goldberg – Passover in Outer Space • Intergalactic Afikoman (Spring 2020)
    • Super Hero Color – Cut – Create! Paper Toy Activity Book • Self Published (Summer 2018)


ARTIST STATEMENT

  • So my advice is, when you find yourself in the middle of one of life’s storms… take a moment and find what excites you. Find that antique typewriter you’ve always wanted to write your next novel on. Take a class for a new medium you’ve always wanted to try. Pick up a piece of sidewalk chalk, soak it in water, and notice how buttery it feels in your hands as you smear it across the ground. Take the time to play and to experiment with something new. Find that something that will ignite your creativity once again.


    Everyone’s journey is different, but learning how to adapt to the various seasons of life, is what will help us weather the storms!

PUBLICATIONS - View in Bookstore


  • Magazine Articles
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    Cover Illustration & Activity • Humpty Dumpty Magazine

    (Illustration)


    HUMPTY DUMPTY MAGAZINE

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    Cover Illustration & Activity • Humpty Dumpty Magazine

    (Illustration)


    HUMPTY DUMPTY

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    HUMPTY DUMPTY'S WORLD • Humpty Dumpty Magazine

    (Illustration)


    HUMPTY DUMPTY MAGAZINE

    2021

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    HUMPTY'S WORLD • Humpty Dumpty Magazine

    (Illustration)


    HUMPTY DUMPTY

    2018

  • Book Cover

    HUMPTY'S WORLD • Humpty Dumpty Magazine


    HUMPTY DUMPTY

    2019

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    COLOR-CUT-PLAY!


    JACK AND JILL MAGAZINE

    2021