About

"First Bird" 2005. monotype
“First Bird” 2005. monotype

I am an artist, author, poet, and mother, inspired by nature and the daily rhythms of my surroundings. My upbringing in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle, WA) and my current life on the Northern Atlantic coast (Newburyport, MA) accentuate my respect, curiosity and love for nature and the unseen world around us. My creative projects have been greatly influenced by my childhood, spent mostly boating, exploring, riding my bike and writing stories.

After I had my daughter (now in pre-k), I felt an intense need to reconnect with my creativity. One of my outlets was by writing haiku. After a year of practicing, an idea for a children’s picture book struck my heart and The Adventures of Piratess Tilly was born. After receiving wonderful Kirkus and Publishers Weekly reviews as well as a handful of awards, I felt the calling to create its sequel, The Adventures of Piratess Tilly Easter Island – now out!  These books represent so much a piece of who I am. I hope you will check it out!

I am a graduate of The New School in New York City, a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and more recently, an excited member of the board of directors for the Newburyport Maritime Society – Custom House Maritime Museum!

Thank you,

Elizabeth Lorayne

As a side note ~ I feel compelled to share a poem I composed when I was 14 years old. It was inspired by a meditation I created to help me sleep. Still today, the imagery and experience of mentally walking through “My Garden” finds its ways into my artwork and general inspirations for my creative projects. . .

My Garden (1999)
Walking into a flowers’ haven
With youth upon my shoulders
I smell and I dream
Such beauty does surround me:
Lavender, juniper, yew

I look to the right;
to the left
High brick walls,
Crumble,
fall and form
Humble caves for fairy kin.

Winding vines lead me to
Where a stone throne sits
Unawares and unobtrusively
A lady rests,
The one from long ago memories.
I inhale her mystery
And exhale a sense of wholeness

I smell and I dream
Such beauty does surround me,
It is me.

18 thoughts on “About

  1. Beautiful. The words really took me there and I could relate fully. I smiled “I inhale her mystery
    And exhale a sense of wholeness” I love it! Whenever I am in nature or wondering around I think about all the people I am — whose been here, who thought thoughts like me…. I don’t know if that makes sense! Can be interpreted in many ways 🙂 Thank you!

    1. Thank you! I’m really pleased you enjoy it so much. It was always very special to me and still is. I’m touched you enjoyed it so much. And I love that you wonder about past peoples and even your past selves (maybe?)?

  2. “My Garden” really moved me, I could actually picture that little girl letting nature blossom her imagination. Inspiring..

    1. That’s an interesting idea, or maybe creating something in the spirit of youthfulness! Thank you! And please stay tuned for a much needed musings/blog update!

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