Born and raised in Montreal, Vancouver painter Ruth Campbell graduated from Emily Carr College of Art & Design after gaining degrees in arts and law. She has illustrated Mark Ellis' children's book Words (Oolichan $19.95), the story of a reading-challenged child who receives help from a compassionate teacher-librarian. After she tells him she can't seem to control the way words dance around, he helps her learn how to read and also to write her own stories. "Imagining the illustrations for this story," says Campbell, "I realized the characters needed to have fun. In addition, the child needed to feel like a real girl, so she became a bit like me. She has lots of freckles and pets, just as I had when growing up." In 2007 she illustrated Ron Smith's picture book, Elf the Eagle (Oolichan), shortlisted for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize. In 2008 she illustrated Jake the Baker Makes a Cake by P.K. Page (Oolichan).

[BCBW 2008] "Illustration"