Author-illustrator Ana Velez lives in Oregon.
Ana grew up exploring downtown Quito with her crafty Abuela searching for the perfect knickknack for her latest art project. With this drive to create, she obtained a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Louisiana and journeyed into the graphic design world for a few years.
She moved to the Pacific Northwest, where a temporary teaching position turned into a new career and passion. She completed a Masters in Teaching Special Education and has been learning from young children with diverse learning styles ever since.
In the classroom, she witnessed the power picture books have to entertain and inspire. Now she is discovering the joy of creating them. Ana's debut picture book THE THREE LITTLE GUINEA PIGS AND THE ANDEAN FOX with Page Street Publishing will be released in August 2024.
When she is not at the beck-and-call of her feline rulers, she is paddle-boarding down the river with her husband towards their favorite water-picnic spot.