Hope Rowan likes looking under seaweed, mucking around in dirt, and studying maps. She has spent the past fifteen years creating, designing, and teaching children about maps as a certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional. Her first tent camping in Maine was in a crib and she was introduced to the trails of Acadia from her father’s shoulders. Hope’s vacation experiences in Acadia led her to attend the College of the Atlantic where she received an advanced degree in Human Ecology. Now she lives on Mount Desert Island with Acadia National Park as her backyard.
Jada Fitch grew up in a family-built log cabin in Sebago, Maine. Much of her childhood was spent attending art classes, working on craft projects, and building forts at her grandparents’ general store. Jada majored in Illustration at the Maine College of Art, before spending a couple of years soaking up the sun in Los Angeles. (She ultimately decided that Maine was a better fit, and moved back to her native state.) She works primarily in pen and ink, using watercolors or Photoshop to add soft, realistic tones to her illustrations. Fitch lives in Portland, Maine, with her husband, Philip, and dog, Daisy. When she’s not at her desk drawing, she’s usually out birding, or knitting and watching nature documentaries.