I was one of the Juror's to select "Sidewalk Flowers" written by JonArne Lawson and illustrated by Sydney Smith for the Governor General's Awards!

Talk about a priceless "Wordless Picture book". I was very honoured to have the opportunity look and read 126 amazing Picture books written and illustrators by Canadian talent. what a great to spend part of my summer. It was hard to decide to because it was generally excellent material and hence a lot of competition. We selected 20 of our top choices initially. Later we brought it down to 10, then 5 then finally down to the Finalist, when the other 2 juror's and myself met at the Canada Art Council in Ottawa, in late August. Somehow we all had roughly the same  view and the selection process wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. The Finalist was " Sidewalk Flowers" written by JonArne Lawson and Illustrated by Sydney Smith. What a treasure this book is. It's a wordless Picture book. It's mostly monochromatic and gradually becomes brighter in palette as the story progresses. The style of art is nostalgic/ retro, just poignant and beautiful. The  touching story flows perfectly from frame to frame. The style of illustration is loose but descriptive. I love the way the illustrator captures the mood of the story creating a sense of drama through scale and perspective. As for the story-there is a very touching message, perhaps open to interpretation for the viewer. Thumbs up for this book. Again, proud to be part of the judging process and to be a part of a country so full of talent! I am excited about attending the Award Ceremony at Rideau Hall, Ottawa- hosted by the Governor General of Canada himself on December 2nd 2015!FullSizeRender-1 FullSizeRender-2 FullSizeRender-3

My Illustrations are Featured in an Exhibition!

Hi Everyone! I’m very excited to announce that two of my illustrations from my picture book Foolish Men of Agra, done in 1996, have been selected for an exhibition on children’s books illustrations at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal.) This fall over 80 original illustrations from Canadian picture books will be on exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. The exhibit will run from September 11 to October 14, and will we followed by Take Home an Original, an auction of the original art, on October 16, 2012. The auction is a fundraiser for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Don’t miss this superb opportunity to enjoy a remarkable array of talent from this country’s great illustrators. Please go check it out for yourself if you get the chance!

Foolish Men Of Agra

The Foolish Men of Agra: And Other Tales of Mogul IndiaRetold by Rina Singh and Illustrated by Farida Zaman

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Splashing in the Bath

This illustration was colored digitally but the lines were hand drawn. The colors are fun and bright. Great for trade or education publication. [full_width]














A Busy Day for Teddy

This is a slight departure for me . I have discovered the joy of illustrating a child in an animal's body. I don't have to worry about ethnicity or about being politically correct. Must say really enjoyed doing it. The medium was pastel and digital. [full_width]