Pat Hackett

Equipped with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, half an M.B.A. and no art experience whatsoever, Pat opened her art repping doors in 1979. Thirty-some years and several gray hairs later, she still thinks she has the best job in the world. She works out of her office in Seattle, with a Golden Retriever under her desk and a lovely view of Lake Washington out the window.

Bryan Ballinger

Bryan grew up in rural Vermont and loved the government surplus peanut butter served in his grade school cafeteria. He is an avid collector of vintage recipes, absurd non-perishable food items, and music played by animals. Bryan has been a professional illustrator and cartoonist for 18 years, and he enjoys doing art much more than his former stint shoveling out chicken coops. (Chickens are nice enough; it’s the roosters you have to watch out for!) He has a BFA in Illustration and an MFA in Writing for Young People. And even though the school peanut butter isn’t runny anymore, he still eats in the cafeteria.

Kooch Campbell

At the age of nine, Kooch learned that some people actually made a living drawing pictures! Lacking her father’s rocket-science math gene, but blessed with the art gene, she found the world of paint and never looked back. Now she works for wonderful, right-brained clients like The Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Seattle Opera, The New York Rangers, Los Angeles Children’s Hospital and The Harvard Business Review. Her favorite pastime is gawking at the animals and people that inspire her work.

Bill Cannon

Bill Cannon has the experience to back up the quality of his work. He has over thirty years of fashion photography, beginning with an Art Center education and New York clients. Now based on the west coast, he can speak to what it means to shoot fashion everywhere. Catalogs, editorial, lifestyle—he’s done it all.

Jonathan Combs

Jonathan used to take trips with his brother. Then they were in the Good Friday Earthquake (9.1 on the Richter) in Alaska; a flood in Florence, Italy; and a tornado while camping near Minneapolis. He no longer travels with his brother and instead spends his time doing illustration and staying involved in advocacy for the illustration industry. He is a past-president of the Graphic Artists Guild and was a panelist at the first ICON conferences in Santa Fe. From the safety of his west-coast studio, he does award-winning illustrations for IBM, Eddie Bauer, Coors, Nordstrom, AT&T, Wrangler Jeans, and Sutter Home Vineyards.

Ed Fotheringham

Ed grew up in Australia, which explains the accent. With a BFA from the University of Washington School of Art, he immediately got work as a stockboy at a bookstore and did paintings on the side. Playing in a famously-terrible rock band gave him access to better bands that needed art for their album covers. With his first successful cover, Ed quit stocking books and took his portfolio to New York, where he began to get illustration commissions; and he now spends halcyon days working for magazines and illustrating children’s books. He lives in Seattle with his beautiful wife and two perfect children.

John Fretz

When John was a little kid, his father showed him how to draw a man, a car and a tree. Pretty soon John was showing the big kids how to do it, and making pictures became his life. Now John lives in Hawaii on the Big Island, where he dodges molten lava and works for clients from Chicago to Australia to Hong Kong.

Lilly Lee

Lilly began her calligraphy training in London, where she got an Advanced Diploma in Calligraphy and Bookbinding and studied with the Queen’s Scribe. When she couldn’t stand the drizzle any longer, she moved to sunny California, where she lives with her husband, multi-talented children, 2 dogs, and 2 parrots and does calligraphy for fabulous clients. She also volunteers for the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (http://www.NFFTY.org), a Seattle festival for under-22-year-old filmmakers.

Bruce Morser

Bruce was a kid who took his mother’s vacuum cleaner apart—monthly. “I had to know how everything worked.” Later, with a liberal arts degree from Colgate, Bruce worked as an art director at Leo Burnett in Chicago, where his first assignment was to write and illustrate the instructions for No Nonsense Panty Hose. Things only went downhill from there; so he moved to Seattle, where he received an MFA and painted REALLY big, photorealistic pictures of everything technical. Discovering that clients like NASA would pay him to understand their products, he switched to commercial art. He still takes everything apart; but now he does it visually so you can understand it, too.

Mark Zingarelli

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mark showed great artistic promise at an early age and was accepted into the prestigious Pittsburgh Paint-By-Number Academy. By 1968 the young Zingarelli had also graduated (with honors) from Pleasant Hill, Ohio’s, Cartoonist Exchange, a mail-order cartooning school of high caliber; and the die was cast. A brief stint at a professional art school and four lost years at the University of Pittsburgh only delayed the inevitable: a successful career in cartooning for clients like The New Yorker, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Time, Newsweek and a host of others.