Illustrators & artists
Caroline Binch is an award-winning children’s illustrator and author who is probably best known for her illustrations for Amazing Grace, which has become an international best-seller. Her book Hue Boy (written by Rita Phillips Mitchell) won the Smarties Gold Award in 1993 and Gregory Cool, which she wrote and illustrated, was highly commended for the Kate Greenaway medal. Look Back! (written by Trish Cooke) was nominated for the Kate Greenaway medal in 2012. Caroline was born in Manchester but now lives by the sea in Cornwall.
booops, Caroline Sardine, was born in St Vincent & the Grenadines. She studied painting at Barbados Community College, the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Jamaica, and at the Royal College of Art in London. During her four years in England she exhibited at six galleries in London; she has also shown in Wales, Jamaica, Barbados and Grenada. Her powerful illustrations for Island Voices by Philip Nanton are mainly mixed media.
Earl Etienne, whose work is on the covers of Love for an Island and Praise Songs, is the best known, both at home and internationally, of Dominica’s artists. He was born in 1967 in Roseau and won an OAS fellowship to study at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica. Back home in Dominica, he worked as a cultural officer with the Ministry of Culture while painting and mentoring a new generation of Dominican artists. His work has been exhibited and collected internationally. He continues to capture, in a rich variety of styles, the culture, nature and spirit of Dominica.
Andy Dark is the designer for the Papillote Press list. He started work as a designer on the Sunday Times magazine in 1968, and designed his first book for Pluto Press in 1971. As a partner in a graphic design studio ‘Graphics International’, he designed books, magazines, film titles, theatre posters, and exhibitions. He moved to Wales in 1990 and since then has worked in different areas of design, such as film and television and on a major educational project for the Arts Council of Wales. He is also a designer and consultant for the monthly Welsh language magazine, Barn.
Lowell Royer is a visual communicator represented by his artist name OMtNI (silent ‘t’). With a craving for novelty, he enjoys working on various surfaces like paper, canvas, wood, skin and even concrete. Born in Dominica, he studied Illustration at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, in Jamaica, which showed him the ways of visual storytelling. While a student he created the cover for the Young Adult novel Abraham’s Treasure.
Kelo Royer, whose work is on the cover of It Falls into Place, is a self-taught Dominican artist. Born in 1953, in Roseau, he was determined to paint since boyhood. Kelo is a Rastafarian and believes that his work is stimulated by his way of life and “the wonders that the creator has given us.”