welcome to fireUrchin.com     ~ creative galleries of ~
bonnie “fireUrchin” lambourn
picture book Illustrator & author


  1. BFA - Illustration 

  2. Parsons School of Design









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        30 Greenleaves Drive
    Hadley, MA 01035

 cell -     413-992-8382

As a young child, I sat awed by Garth Williams’ art.

As a babysitter, I brought WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE to share -
and felt the passion of a child demanding 11 consecutive readings.

On my own at age 17, I found my way into Parsons School of Design,
with Maurice Sendak among my teachers /mentors.

Life and creative paths wandered, overlapped, entwined, wandered – BFA, other art and writing courses, education certification.  In my years of teaching Special Ed, Art, ESL, I often created  illustrated readers with phonetic patterns and rhymes to fill the lack of supplies for my classes;
and was hired by the school district to illustrate consumable materials.

I created narrative illustrative paintings, murals, pubic arts commissions, community arts projects. 
I helped create a food coop, community arts center programs, and dance communities, and designed world music playlists for Ecstatic Dance groups..... while raising two children, mostly as a single mom.  

Picture books are still my deepest love and creative drive
I hope to bring
diversity-rich character-driven emotionally authentic stories where all children have a chance to see themselves; nature settings, to bring children back in touch with the natural world that honors all living things; and wildly imaginative worlds to help expand personal creativity, and increase belief we can make the world into the best we can envision.

© bonnie lambourn 2019 fireUrchin