About Yvonne


Yvonne Palka is the award-winning sumi-e artist who has written and illustrated Dragon Fire, Ocean Mist and Super Simple Sumi-e.  A retired college professor, grandmother, artist and naturalist, she loves introducing children and adults to the wonders of the natural world and the beauty of their own creativity.

Yvonne loves sumi-e (Asian brush painting) for the simple elegance with which it captures the spirit of nature. Inspired by this simplicity she teaches children and adults the essence of sumi-e painting in schools and other community settings.  The same magic of the heart that gives rise to to her sumi paintings gives rise to her dragon stories.

Yvonne lives on Whidbey Island, Washington and Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she paints, writes, gardens and teaches.  A portion of the proceeds from the sales of Dragon Fire, Ocean Mist and Super Simple Sumi-e goes to support environmental restoration and preservation as well as art education programs for children.