Watercolor, oil, ink, collage
Karen Gray Ruelle is the award-winning author and illustrator of 24 books for children, including The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaustand Hidden on the Mountain: Stories of Children Sheltered from the Nazis in Le Chambon(both co-written with Deborah Durland DeSaix). She’s dedicated to revealing the goodness, decency and courage of the human heart. Whether it’s through her writing and her work with children, or in her role as an ESL teacher at an educational nonprofit charity, where she works with low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, Karen is always seeking ways of connecting, creating community, facilitating communication and encouraging compassion. She grew up in the U.S. and the U.K., and attended the University of Michigan, where she earned a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. She has worked in publishing, libraries, education and ESL, and now devotes most of her time to her writing and art. In addition to her illustration work, Karen’s paintings and sculpture have been shown at several New York City galleries, including Mascot Studio and The Enchanted Forest.