We are an all-female group of children’s illustrators who live just east of Seattle. We meet in person monthly to critique each other’s work, share resources, and lend support. Among our group are pre-published and published illustrators, writers, poets, designers and teachers. We are all active members of the Western Washington Chapter of SCBWI. Scroll down to learn more about us.

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Who are The Broad Strokes?

Anait Semirdzhyan is a children’s book illustrator from Seattle, WA. She is the illustrator of The Arabic Quilt by Aya Khalil (Feb 2020). She is represented by Christy Tugeau Ewers at the CAT agency.

Leanne Hatch is a women’s accessories and textile print designer in the fashion industry by day and a picture book writer and illustrator by night. She loves sewing and true crime podcasts and has a weakness for beautiful shoes.  She is a native of the Pacific Northwest and lives with her husband, two children, three cats and a dog. She is represented by Janine Le at the Sheldon Fogelman Agency.

Tina Hoggatt is a writer, illustrator, and educator creating books for young readers. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. She illustrated My Jim
by Nancy Rawles, a Seattle Reads book in 2009, and Home Field: Writers Remember Baseball, edited by John Douglas Marshall. Her permanent public artwork is installed in the Seattle Mariners’ ballpark, in schools, and in Portland’s light rail system.
Ellie Peterson is a picture book author, illustrator, and science teacher living in Kirkland, WA. She is the illustrator of Bea’s Beesand author/illustrator of theJoulia Copernicus series. She believes in books that help children question how they know what they know. Ellie is also Diversity, Equity and Inclusion coordinator for the Western Washington SCBWI.  She is represented by Adria Goetz at Martin Literary Management.

Alix Despard is a writer and illustrator who grew up on a nut ranch in California. As a kid she played in the orchards and barns with her animals, fueling her imagination. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a BFA in Applied Art and Design.  
Today, she lives in Kirkland, Washington with her husband, hens and cats. Her favorite medium is collage with bold illustrations and bright colors.

Pamela Martin is a children’s book illustrator and writer. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest gave her a great appreciation for the outdoors, wildlife and especially the ocean. She likes to imagine the magical world that exists in the deep waters and her love for whales has led to over a decade of serving as a marine naturalist. She has worked with multiple organizations to educate people about marine mammals, and assisted with killer whale research projects on Puget Sound.

Pamela is also the co-executive director at the Northwest Art Center in Duvall. She lives in the Seattle area with her family and golden retriever.

Polina Gortman is a children’s book illustrator from Seattle, Washington. She was raised in Siberia, and spent her childhood exploring taiga and making up stories about precarious adventures of toys lost in a vegetable garden. When creating visual narratives and developing characters, Polina draws inspiration from sketching people, wildlife and everyday playground shenanigans. Polina’s debut picture book, Randall and Randall by Nadine Poper, earned a star from Kirkus Reviews.

Gillian writes and sometimes illustrates books for children through young adults, usually with a math or science perspective. A former software engineer, she’s worked on robots, map routing, industrial automation, a video game, and the cloud. She hopes to spark enthusiasm for STEM subjects through her stories.
Besides writing, illustrating, coding, and spending time with her family, she skis, roller skates, gardens, sews, and reads.

Michaele Razi is a children’s book writer and illustrator from Seattle, WA. She’s the writer and illustrator of the picture book, Frank the Seven-Legged Spider, and has another book, Sunny the (Super-Excited, Over-Eager, In-Your-Face) Snake out in Spring 2023. Michaele graduated with an Art Degree from the University of Washington and has volunteered as a reading buddy at her local elementary school for the last seven years. She lives in North Bend with her husband, two kids and two rascally cats.

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