The book artists and their inspirations


ARTIST: Judith Krimski Quincy graphic designer, paper collage artist, and illustrator who published “Vanilla Gorilla: Animal Art & Poems.’’

NAME OF TREE: “Seeing the Seasons Through the Trees’’

INSPIRATION: “As an avid sailor I love wind and weather. I sail in all seasons and especially notice (and love) how the color of New England landscape changes. Because of this I wanted my tree to be atmospheric; a warm wind in the summer, a cold one in the winter and so on.’’


ARTIST: Grace Lin Somerville author and illustrator of children’s books including the 2010 Newbery Honor book “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.’’

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NAME OF TREE: “Folded Birds’’

INSPIRATION: “Ever since I illustrated my book ‘Lissy’s Friends,’ I’ve been enamored with the image of large origami animals. With all the concern these days of the death of paper books, painting origami birds, joyfully alive, on the tree seemed apropos.’’

ARTIST: Julie Barrett Boston painter who works at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

NAME OF TREE: “A. Cavatica’’ (Extended name of Charlotte from “Charlotte’s Web’’)


INSPIRATION: “I started . . . remembering characters from old stories. Wilbur hunting through the barnyard making friends reminded me of Isy and how kind of brave it was of him to approach all these artists and make this thing happen. And Charlotte producing the webs seemed like a nice fit for his artists.’’

ARTIST: John-Paul Jimenez. Boston oncology research scientist, oil painter, and children’s book author of “Gutterfish’’ and “Subway Deer.’’

NAME OF TREE: “Childhood’’

INSPIRATION: “The tree has a starting point and a finishing point much like the start and end of our childhood. The black and white, monochromatic palette is a reference to the early development toys for infants.’’

ARTIST: Peter Reynolds Dedham children’s book author and illustrator of more than 30 books, including collaborations with Marlo Thomas, Judy Blume, and Megan McDonald.


NAME OF TREE: “The CreativiTree’’

INSPIRATION: “I distilled the big ideas from four of my books, ‘The Dot,’ ‘Ish,’ ‘The North Star,’ and the Judy Moody series (which Megan McDonald writes and I illustrate): bravery, creative thinking, the self-directed journey, and a positive attitude.’’

ARTIST: Jean Wallace Wakefield artist who works in mixed media and photography, and who works at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

NAME OF TREE: “Word Search Tree’’

INSPIRATION: “[Isy] is incredibly articulate about his ideas and makes a strong link between art, literacy, and the benefit to children in the community.’’

ARTIST: Matt Adrian California painter whose work revolves around birds and nature. Author of “It Is Folly to Assume My Awesome Lies Dormant: The Paintings of the Mincing Mockingbird,’’ a book of humorous stories and illustrations.

NAME OF TREE: “Four Books I Have Read and Loved That Have a Bird in the Title’’

INSPIRATION: “Since I primarily paint birds, I saw my participation in the project as dealing with birds in literature. Looking back through my own reading history, I easily found four of my favorite books that featured birds in the title. (They are: ‘Lonesome Dove,’ ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,’ ‘The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle,’ and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ )

ARTIST: Jackie Knight Jamaica-born artist, living in Somerville.

NAME OF TREE: “Everything Is Connected’’

INSPIRATION: “I was thinking of the interconnecteness of life - the tree exists on and grows from the earth and is the same material as the earth; this planet and everything on it is a part of the universe and formed from the same dust, and the universe is a part of the galaxy, and on and on and on.’’

ARTIST: Jen Hill Brooklyn illustrator of children’s books, including Perez Hilton’s “The Boy With Pink Hair.’’

NAME OF TREE: “Cabaret’’

INSPIRATION: “My tree was meant to reflect the festive spirit of the bar mitzvah celebration. The figures I painted were all adults, symbolizing the transition into adulthood that the event honors.’’