Cindy Revell

Cindy Revellwas raised on a farm in Saskatchewan where she loved to build forts, pick berries, and swim in the Red Willow Creek with her sister and brother. Cats and dogs were always an important part of her life and frequently made appearances in her artwork. They still do. Instead of weeding the garden, gathering eggs, and other un-fun things that her mother wanted her to do, she managed to spend as much time as she could reading, drawing, and using her vivid imagination. Cindy now has a chicken house, garden, and studio. Her mother doesn’t say a thing, but is probably thinking ‘oh, now she wants to garden and gather eggs!’

After receiving her diploma in Environmental Graphic Design, she worked as a designer and illustrator for several years before becoming a freelance illustrator. Cindy is a Governor-General’s Award nominee and award-winning artist whose work brings life to children’s books, CDs, books, magazines, calendars, packaging, murals, and other very fun products all over North America.

Cindy’s lively imagination is the raw material for her illustrations and whimsical oil paintings. Digital, acrylics, oils, watercolor, and scratchboard are her mediums. It’s all tied together with vibrant color, a strong sense of design, and spiced with a dash of humor. Her illustrations for the two Annick board books by Emil Sher, A Button Story and A Pebble Story (Fall 2014), are fine examples of her lively style.

A versatile artist, she also loves fine art. Her whimsical tableaus feature cats, birds, gardens, still-life, and interiors, and are lively with pattern and the same sense of fun as her illustrations. Her realistic still-lifes glow with light and are richly colored. Calm and meditative, they reveal Cindy’s introspective side. She is inspired by the work of the Flemish painters and numerous old masters, folk, medieval, Asian, and eastern art.

Cindy lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta. 

Annick Press books
illustrated by Cindy Revell