Annie Cannon, Author and Illustrator
I grew up in the country near the Ohio River. My father edited a farm magazine. I used the Super 8 movies he made of tadpoles in our pond as references for Tale of a Tadpole. My mother wrote essays, poetry and novels. My first published illustrations were for her essay-journal, The Inland Island.
After college (BA in studio art) and an assortment of art school classes in Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Brooklyn NY, I settled in San Francisco. I worked in a childcare center, built toys and (briefly) drove a school bus. Later I moved to the Sierra foothills where I began sketching wildlife and illustrating books. The Bat in the Boot tells the story of a neighbor’s surprise encounter with bats.
Today I live with my husband on a wild-ish acre in civilized Portland, Oregon. We take bicycling/sketching trips to Mt. Hood, the high desert, and south central Montana.