Annouchka Gravel Galouchko

Annouchka Gravel Galouchko was born in Montreal and had a unique childhood. She lived in several foreign countries, including Iran, Egypt, Mexico and Austria. Annouchka remembers traveling to many different places and seeing many things. “I have so many stories and memories in my head,” she says.

As a girl, Annouchka loved art. Her parents encouraged creativity by giving their children all kinds of art materials. Annouchka painted pictures, sculpted with modeling clay and made oven-baked jewelry. She even made puppets and sold them in Austria. By her early twenties, Annouchka had developed her own style of painting and held several exhibitions. She gained formal training at the University of Quebec, obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1990. The next year she won “First prize for an unpublished work” at the Salon d'Illustration in Montreal. As an adult, Annouchka loves to travel and meet children wherever she goes. She offers this advice: “It is important to follow your dreams. And always express yourself from the inside out.”

The Nutmeg Princess (1992) was her first published book. From the start, Annouchka felt a spiritual connection with the story: “I turned to photographs and the library for information on the Caribbean. My traveling experiences helped a lot.” Her pictures are colorful, multi-sensory, mystical and complex, reflecting layers of understanding.

Annouchka works full-time as an artist in mixed media and lives with partner and artist Stéphan Daigle. Apart from being a talented painter, Galouchko enjoys singing and playing the flute. She has an excellent ear, and at one time played music for a living.

Annick Press books
illustrated by Annouchka Gravel Galouchko