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My first word was “bird.” No really, it was. Born and raised just upstream of John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, it seems I was destined to be a bird nerd. I used to try to talk to the birds, but they always flew away. Now I know better. For one, I was trying to talk to them in english! Not a good idea. Ya gotta speak Bird. I'm pretty good at Crow (fish and American), Bluejay, and Laughing Gull. Speaking Bird is fun and all, but what I really want to do most is to use my creative gifts to inspire children fall in love with nature just as I did when I was smaller. These days I never go into the woods without my binoculars, my camera, my pencil case and a sketchbook. Sometimes I'll bring my husband, Brian, and my one-eyed beagle, Maggie May along, but they have to promise not to speak English or Hound or even Japanese to the birds. Our curious kitties, Spenser…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 5
  • Joined December 15, 2010

Favorite materials

pastels, watercolors, ink, cotton, aqua crayons, water media, water soluble oils, recycled paper, acid free paper, nontoxic pigments

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Illustrated by Kate Garchinsky

About

Artist's Statement

My first word was “bird.” No really, it was. Born and raised just upstream of John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, it seems I was destined to be a bird nerd. I used to try to talk to the birds, but they always flew away. Now I know better. For one, I was trying to talk to them in english! Not a good idea. Ya gotta speak Bird. I'm pretty good at Crow (fish and American), Bluejay, and Laughing Gull. Speaking Bird is fun and all, but what I really want to do most is to use my creative gifts to inspire children fall in love with nature just as I did when I was smaller. These days I never go into the woods without my binoculars, my camera, my pencil case and a sketchbook. Sometimes I'll bring my husband, Brian, and my one-eyed beagle, Maggie May along, but they have to promise not to speak English or Hound or even Japanese to the birds. Our curious kitties, Spenser and Julia, stay at home. Never, ever, EVER trust a cat with a wild bird.

"Kate Garchinsky is a bright light in the emerging field of children's media. She's an outstanding illustrator, a charming story teller, and a wise marketer."
–Gail McMeekin, author of The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women


Artist's Bio

Kate Garchinsky is Philadelphia-area illustrator of children's books and educational media. Her debut picture book, The Secret Life of the Red Fox, written by acclaimed wildlife author, Laurence Pringle, will be published by Boyds Mills Press in March 2017. She has since signed on to illustrate two more of Pringle's books for Boyds Mills in the Secret Life series of narrative non-fiction picture books—The Secret Life the Little Brown Bat (2018) and The Secret Life of the Striped Skunk (2019). While drawing foxes and bats, Kate also began work on Belle's Journey, a middle-grade non-fiction chapter book by ornithologist and osprey expert, Rob Bierregaard (Charlesbridge 2018).

In 2015 Kate Garchinsky was awarded the Don Eckelberry Fellowship from the Eckelberry Foundation at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Under her fellowship, Garchinsky has spent any free time between commissions researching and sketching the extinction stories of the Passenger Pigeon and the Carolina Parakeet. These stories will be available in digital format in to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the death of the last Carolina Parakeet in the Cincinnati Zoo in 1918—four years after Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon, died in the very same cage.

Garchinsky's work has received awards and recognition from the Highlights Foundation, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Valley Forge Audubon Society. For more information about Kate Garchinsky and updates on her upcoming picture books, visit www.KateGarchinsky.com. For project inquiries, email kategarchinsky [!at] gmail.com.

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