About the Illustrators

Kaaren Pixton is a fine artist and childrens educator who has been making art with children for thirty years. As an artist-in-residence at local schools she has been responsible for over a hundred permanent art installations - murals and sculptural pieces - created by the children themselves. She was born in Dublin, Ireland and currently lives in Portland, OR with her husband. She is the mother of seven and the grandmother of twelve.

Jonas Sickler lives in Syracuse, NY with his wife Kelly and two boys Gabe and Oliver. When he is not shoveling snow, he is in the studio of his 1924 bungalow making art. His bold and whimsical illustrations are created with acrylic paint and collage. Jonas draws inspiration from old cartoons, vintage childrenís books, and all kinds of music. He always creates a musical score for his illustrations before he begins sketching because it helps to set the scene of the story.

Jonas has created numerous illustrations for Cricket, Spider and Cicada magazines. He has now moved into the childrenís book market with three imaginative nursery rhyme books published by Workman Publishing Company called Indestructibles. Currently Jonas is working on three more books in the Indestructibles series, as well as paintings for The Land of Nod. Jonas is a member of SCBWI.

See all the artwork for Jonas' Indestructibles series HERE.