Meet the Author & Illustrators
Author - Stefanie Fields
Stefanie Fields is an independent author from Bellingham, WA. She was a midnight writer for many years and always dreamed of publishing a children's book. She is thrilled to see her visions now a reality.
Stefanie graduated from her hometown college as a Certified Hypnotherapist. Through this education she learned the power of positive words, affirmations, and mindful actions. Her books are a reflection of this. Stefanie understands the long-lasting effects of stories and values received in childhood and the impact they can have throughout a lifetime. Her books are designed to promote joy, self-esteem, wisdom, and strength.
In the early stages of her creative endeavors, Stefanie was advised to "create something people will fall in love with." She hopes her heartfelt writing, complimented with the beautiful illustrations of her partnering artists, will be a wonderful addition to your home library and that you, too, will fall in love.
If you would like a signed copy, just mail your book with a stamped envelope for return mail. If you would like a personalized greeting, please include that with your package. You can visit the Contact page to submit your request.
Illustrator - Phyllis Howard
Raised primarily in San Antonio, Texas, Phyllis has lived in Burlington, Washington since 2002. As a child she lived in much of the southern United States and countries throughout the Far East. As a result she attended eight schools by graduation. Her father’s military service provided opportunity to absorb a rich tapestry of visual information. Phyllis loved drawing even as a very young child but her initial foray into the world of paint and canvas began as an adult while living in Alaska. Her first love was the work of Sidney Laurence's huge landscapes of Mount McKinley. She is primarily self-taught and “learned to see” by reproducing copies of Laurence’s paintings in black and white.
Phyllis began exhibiting her work in 2006 and has exhibited regularly in group shows and private venues since. She is a founding member of the Whatcom Art Market, a cooperative gallery in Fairhaven, Washington. Her work can be seen in local venues and regularly at the Whatcom Art Market.
Phyllis works in a variety of media and styles. She excels in graphite and color pencil, normally producing photo realistic works featuring wild animals. In her vibrant and dramatic, experimental mixed media work, she creates texture by incorporating acrylic mediums, specialty papers, and “bits” (jewelry, hardware, wire, etc.) to produce appealing tactile surfaces. She layers transparent washes so previous hues shine through to the surface, providing rich saturated color.
“I am a devotee of acrylics! I love them because they allow me to paint in the windows of time when I can. With a busy schedule stealing away to my studio for just a few moments to apply another coat or attach another thing and leave it to dry as obligations call me away, gives me the ability to create in spite of time limitations. Using acrylics also allows me to be free to explore, try, fail, or just change my mind.”
You can find Phyllis' work on display year round at the Whatcom Art Market located in Bellingham's historic Fairhaven district at 1103 11th Street (open Thursday - Sunday, 10am - 6pm). Prints of her artwork are available in a variety of sizes through ArtXpressions by Phyllis and Fine Art America.
Illustrator - Heather Gross
Heather resides in the rainy and green Pacific Northwest, though she often wanders off into dreamland to find new creatures and characters for her art. She is best known for her visual work on Nightschool Studio's "Oxenfree" and endless Bunnehs and Dwagons!
Heather has worked in animation, fashion, toy design, and on award winning video games. She doesn't plan on stopping there, though!
On a constant journey to find inspiration, she enjoys wandering through nature, trying different forms of art to expand her skillset, and visiting places she has never been before!