path to the present

as a young child . . .I was awed by Garth Williams’ art.

as a young teen . . .
Maurice Sendak now was king as he brilliantly challenged the boundaries.
I read WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE while babysitting –
and felt the passion of this child demanding 11 consecutive readings.

as a young adult . . .
On my own at 17, making picture books was my driving desire.
I entered Parsons School of Design – taught directly by Sendak.
He supported my personal voice, while my external struggle
was to have enough money for a slice.

onward the road was scrabbled and winding . . .
Life and creative paths wandered, overlapped, entwined, wandered –
BFA, other art and writing courses, education certification.

~ always the internal pulled me back to creating picture books
in spaces found between the external demands of survival.

learning by default . . .
Many years of teaching: [Special Ed, Art, ESL] 
I struggled to find freedom both outside of and within my hours in schools,
to stay true to my creative soul.
Picture books were a resource I often accessed to inspire, teach, shift minds and hearts.
When lacking in poor school systems,
I created  illustrated readers with phonetic patterns and rhymes for my students.

Teaching was an ongoing learning experience.
Diversity of minds, learning styles, lives, cultures, egos,
digging to find strategies to support learning –
and emotional easing for real individuals challenged in multitudes of ways,

Swingin’ Over Houston – reproduction printed on billboard – commissioned by Cultural Arts Council of Houston – Wayfinding Project


©bonnie lambourn / fireUrchin ~ 2022

other creative & “creation” experiences . . .

In after-hours, I was hired a few years by the school district to illustrate consumable materials. 

Over various locales, I had pleasure creating commissioned pubic arts projects and a school mural .

I also . . .
= helped start and run a food coop
= ran community arts center programs
= helped start dance communities for Swing Dance, Ecstatic Dance.
= designed world music playlists for many groups…..

. . . while raising two children, most years as a sole parent.  

  • BFA – Illustration  / Parsons New School of Design
    Corcoran Gallery School of Art – Illustration
    TAFE – AU, Graphic Design / Picture Book Illustration
    Storyteller Academy 2017 –
    12×12 -2014-2017

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