Yvonne Palka

Sumi-e paintings

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Yvonne Palka is the award-winning sumi-e artist who wrote and illustrated Dragon Fire, Ocean Mist. A retired college professor, grandmother, biologist and naturalist, she is passionate about introducing children and adults to the wonders of the natural world.

Yvonne loves sumi-e (Asian brush) painting for the simple elegance with which it captures the spirit of nature. The same magic of the heart that gave rise to these dragon stories gives rise to her Sumi paintings.

Yvonne lives on Whidbey Island, Washington, where she paints, writes, gardens and volunteers as a naturalist. A portion of proceeds from the sale of Dragon Fire, Ocean Mist goes to support the restoration and preservation of wild places in the Pacific Northwest.