Marie Lafrance

Marie Lafrance was born in Quebec City. As a child, she endlessly drew princesses and castles. Almost every year her family moved between Montreal and Quebec City. Marie eventually settled in Montreal. Following her love for drawing, she studied graphic arts at a CEGEP in Vieux-Montréal and also studied etching at Studio Graff.

At age twenty-three Marie embarked on an eighteen-month trip to learn about life firsthand. She lived in San Francisco and then New York, where she worked as a silk-screen printmaker for various galleries. At age twenty-five she returned to Montreal and began working as a freelance illustrator. She started by illustrating school textbooks, then expanded her range to include magazines, book covers and posters. Marie loves the diversity of her work.

For several years Marie has been on the board of the Association des Illustrateurs et Illustratrices du Québec (AIIQ), where she served as president for one year. She shares a studio with other illustrators, a graphic designer and two software consultants. The dynamic environment provides her with lots of feedback on her work.

Marie’s gorgeously rich illustrations for Richardo Keens-Douglas’s La Diablesse and the Baby (1994) earned a nomination for the Governor General’s Award and an Alcuin Society Design Award citation.

Marie lives in a big house with her partner and their daughter, Béatrice.

Annick Press books
illustrated by Marie Lafrance