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Name:  Kristina Swarner  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILD Illustrator

Born: in


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Swarner lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kristina Swarner is an artist, illustrator and author. She created her first illustrated story, “Alice,” at the age of five and has been drawing ever since. Often described as magical and dreamlike, her work draws much of its imagery and inspiration from dreams and from childhood memories of exploring old houses, woods, and gardens. Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, Swarner has illustrated books, greeting cards, magazines, wine labels, CD covers, and theater posters. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has won numerous awards.

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