Meet the Illustrator November 02 2013

Allow me to introduce you to Emma FitzGerald, artist extraordinaire. I was introduced by Emma through our editor, Penelope Jackson, who described Emma’s work as very Quentin Blake-ish. I was instantly enamoured by her work and keen to learn who Quentin Blake was aside from being an acknowledged influence on Emma’s style. Think Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, now think of the illustrator of his books and you’re there.

I love creativity, I love art. Put that together with the delightful Hailey and the adorable Emma and you have the most beautiful combination imaginable.

This above picture was taken of the two of them together last weekend while Hailey was visiting Halifax as part of her dream to ride on a train. It was also a dream come true for Emma to be able to apply her talent to do illustrations for a book. If you look closely, you will see Hailey gripping a little purse that Emma gave her as a gift. It’s blue and shaped like a butterfly – two of Hailey’s favourite things. Both of which are symbolic of the two stories The Princess of Freddy Beach and Princess Pinch Me.

I’m told when Emma bought the purse for Hailey, she shared Hailey’s story with the sales lady and the lady in-turn added a sparkling bracelet to the gift. Yet another small act of kindness from a warm-hearted individual (or rather two lovely individuals) that speaks to the infectious nature repeated by the enormous number of people moved by her story. I just love it!

Before signing off, I would like to share another photo of Hailey. You may have seen it before so, for some, it’s just a reminder.

This was taken of Hailey as one of her dreams that came true – to swim with a dolphin. You’ll notice from the selection of Emma’s illustrations included on the home page, this story is covered in Princess Pinch Me. We hope you will love it too!