Erin Go PaintErin Rogers Pickering
Erin is an illustrator and watercolorist that started her career as a textile stylist in NYC. She has illustrated lingerie, shoes, watches, vintage golfers, children, fashion, architecture, street scenes, and food. Her work has been licensed to embroidery, stationary, kitchen products – and the prints of her girls have been purchased worldwide. She is never happier than when she hears of a little girl who “sees herself” in the empowering illustrations she creates. Erin is currently working on illustrations for a book written by her husband, inspired by their daughter.
Claudia TremblayClaudia Tremblay
Claudia was born in Amos, Québec. She traveled the world for some years in search of herself before returning home at the age of 24. She decided to stay for awhile as her mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She took advantage of her time in Montréal to study horticulture. The death of her mother coincided with her departure to Guatemala, where she was accepted to work with C.E.C.I., an NGO. Her work consisted of building medicinal gardens alongside Mayan refugees returning from Mexico after a long and deeply tragic civil war. She quickly realized she needed to paint these hard working women. While painting she felt a relief from her mourning. It became a therapy and she began to paint every day. With no formal training in the visual arts, she tried day after day to capture their essence. Her paintings represent the melancholic souls and inner strength that motivates these women. She also likes to explore the universal connection between mother and child. She stayed in Guatemala for 12 years. She opened an art gallery and established herself at the heart of regional culture. Her work was shown at countless exhibits throughout Central America. She would not have left, if it were not for the rising violence. She has now returned to Montréal with her Guatemalan born son. She still paints full time, women from around the world.
Extent of SilenceAmariah Shelton
Amariah Rauscher lives in central Illinois with her husband, four children and beloved bulldog, Rosie. She is pursuing a master’s degree in communication. A talented artist and illustrator, her whimsical designs can be found in her Etsy shop, The Extent of Silence, and in children’s books. Most notably, she is the illustrator of the Princess Truly book series. She founded Lemon Starfish, a children’s publishing company, in partnership with author Kelly Greenawalt. She enjoys playing video games and eating vegetables.
A Button and a StitchKathy Pidcock
Kathy Pidcock lives in South Carolina with her high school sweetheart. She has four wonderful sons married to four wonderful girls and is the grandma to seven grandchildren. She earned her Early Childhood Education degree and worked on and off in the K-5 classroom. She has combined her love for the early childhood classroom and her love for sewing by creating sweet, simple, classic doll designs that celebrate diversity and the heart of the young child. It is her prayer that her dolls will strengthen and encourage the beauty of diversity in the hearts of children of all ages, young and old.