About the author

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Claudine Carmel

Claudine Carmel grew up on the south coast of England and now lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She is an author and illustrator and is never happier than when she has had a full day of creating imaginative stories. Her books have received starred reviews, award nominations, and “best of” honors. Her education has always had a basis in visual storytelling that included photography, multimedia studies, film production, and screenwriting. When she isn’t dreaming up colorful worlds, she can usually be found beside her cheerful Boston terrier on long coastal walks.

For more info visit www.claudinecarmel.com

About the artist


Bret Burkmar

Bret has been painting and drawing for as long as he can remember, spending many happy childhood hours faithfully reproducing film posters that had caught his eye. After finishing school he attended Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design where he was confronted by many artistic influences and had the chance to develop his own work. This lead to a Higher National Diploma in Natural History Illustration. Since leaving college he has tackled all manner of commissions, ranging from wildlife illustration and landscapes to fine art and cartoons. For a number of years he has had the opportunity to support Team Genie, a local Cystic Fibrosis charity, providing paintings of local golf courses for their fund raising auctions. This is something he has found extremely satisfying.

In 2001 Bret began to create his range of beach landscapes which have proved to be very popular with both locals and visitors to his home town. This work has been displayed and sold in local galleries for many years now and can be found in private collections from New Zealand to the USA.

His recent work combines a fine art influence with his illustration training to create surreal landscapes that twist familiar themes.

Bret lives in Bournemouth with his family and still gets a buzz every time he picks up a paintbrush. 

For more info visit www.bretburkmar.artweb.com

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