Stephanie Simpson

Illustrator extraordinaire Stephanie Simpson is back for another round of the fair, and this bison couldn’t be happier. Her elegant work captures the beauty of our natural world, don’t you think? Here’s how Stephanie describes her work:

“I’m an illustrator based in Edmonton. My work is inspired by all things Alberta: flora and fauna, landmarks, national parks, and more! “


What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?

I remember making a clay necklace as part of a Mother’s Day project in Grade 1. The beads I made were all big and squashed and I painted them a swampy greyish-green colour. I was pretty excited about it at the time.


What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?

There’s a real balance – that I haven’t at all mastered – between hunkering down to get my work done and giving myself time and space to find new sources of inspiration. I tend to focus more on the former, alas!


How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?

For me, it’s important to keep building time into my schedule to make things just for kicks, without a particular client or goal in mind, and to be easy on myself if I’m not happy with the results. If I’m really stuck, structuring time away from my regular illustration work – to take classes, read, look at work that I like, and visit parts of the city that I’m unfamiliar with – all help get the ideas flowing.


Describe your current creative process in 3 words.

Draw, recolour, repeat.