Tallgrass Midday

Tallgrass Midday, scratchboard and digital color, 7" x 10", 2013

Claudia McGehee likes to dig.  She digs in gardens.  She digs in library stacks.  She digs through the internet.  She even digs while creating illustrations, where scratchings from an X-acto blade create wood-cut like images.

All this digging reveals stories, often inspired from history and nature.

Some days she writes about pictures.  Some days she draws about words.

A large part of her mission is to create art and writings that inspire and connect children of all ages with their natural world.

Claudia is the author/illustrator of three awarding winning non-fiction picture books A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet, A Woodland Counting Book, and Where Do Birds Live?, all from University of Iowa Press.

Her distinctive scratchboard style can also be found nationally in museum exhibits, packaging, advertising, and magazines.

Claudia is a native of Washington state.  She earned degrees in anthropology, with a focus in archaeology (she likes to dig, remember?), and graphic design.  She also studied natural history at Oxford University in England.  She lives in Iowa City, sharing a house on a hill with her husband and daughter, and two studio cats.

Claudia McGehee's website

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