About Yvonne


Yvonne painting giant Sumi dragons!

Yvonne painting giant Sumi dragons!

Yvonne teaching Sumi-e

Yvonne teaching Sumi-e

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 now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she paints, writes and teaches.  She was a resident of the Pacific Northwest (especially Whidbey Island, Washington) for many wonderful years.  A portion of the proceeds from the sales of her books and art goes to support environmental and art education programs for children.