|Lea Lyon is an award-winning children's book illustrator, painting teacher and portrait artist who has made a childhood dream come true.
Lea loved to draw and paint as a child. She took art classes and began to paint in oils when she was 12 years old. And, she wanted to be a children's book illustrator when she grew up.
She ended up going in a different direction; college, raising a family, running a small doll and puppet business, then back to school for an MBA and into the corporate world as a marketing product manager.
Now, at long last, Lea is a children's book illustrator with five published picture books, four of which have won awards. She is now writing as well and has an agent for one of her author/illustrator projects.
Lea is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI.) As the Illustrator Coordinator of the San Francisco/South region of SCBWI, she arranges conferences featuring nationally famous illustrators, art directors and editors. Her portfolio has won awards at two annual SCBWI conferences in Los Angeles.
Lea has branched into teaching art, holding watercolor painting classes at several Senior Residences and at her home studio. Her oldest student is 94 and had never painted until she was 90. Teaching gives both Lea and her students much enrichment and pleasure, as well as beautiful art.
Lea lives in Richmond, CA with her husband.