Exposure to the natural world has always been a way of life for Consie Powell. During her childhood in California, Consie snooped tidepools edging the Pacific Ocean, found desert tortoises and horned lizards in nearby canyons, and camped with her family along dry Baja riverbeds. Animals and the out-of-doors were her constant companions.
In college in Minnesota, she discovered how much she loved cold weather and snow, and began her enduring fascination with the critters and habitats of the North.
After graduating with a B.A. in Fine Arts, Consie pursued a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. Her graduate work steered Consie not towards teaching, as she had expected, but into the creation of art and stories for young people.
Marriage to her biologist husband added constant opportunities to be involved with scientific research firsthand and to continue a rich life centered on the natural world.
Consie has written and illustrated A Bold Carnivore: An Alphabet of Predators, Old Dog Cora and the Christmas Tree, Amazing Apples, Leave Only Ripples: A Canoe Country Sketchbook, The First Day of Winter, Alphabetically Bodacious Canines, and Peregrine’s Sky.
She has illustrated Who Lives in the Snow? by Jennifer Berry Jones, Baby Bear Isn’t Hungry by Michael Elsohn Ross, A Day in the Salt Marsh by Kevin Kurtz, and Wolf Song and Old Woman Winter by Mary Bevis.
Consie illustrates, designs, edits and occasionally writes the “North Carolina WILD Notebook,” a monthly young readers’ feature in /Wildlife in North Carolina magazine. She has created illustrations for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the North Carolina Zoo, and numerous scientific publications.
Consie lives outside Ely, Minnesota with her husband Roger and their Newfoundland dogs. Over the years, their house has been home to various critters, including snakes, toads, lizards, mice, guinea pigs, weasels and an animal-loving daughter, now grown and on her own.
See more of Consie’s art and books at www.consiepowell.com