Bev Newton was born and raised in Oshawa, Ont, and comes from a large family (4 sisters and a brother). She has always had a deep-rooted love for the country and moved when she was 18 to the Haliburton Highlands. She started drawing when she was very young (8-9 years old), and has always taken a special interest in animals, wildlife, Indians, and landscapes.
Bev is a self-taught artist and has some paintings in the Oshawa Art Studio and has sold much of her artwork on her own. She paints on almost anything, including rocks, metal saws, cans, wood, and canvass. She has a son and 2 beautiful daughters that inspired her to do murals and drawings for them as they were growing up. The characters she creates come from a place in her heart, as does all her paintings. She loves to personalize each painting as she feels it is important to touch on the memories and love that the individual has in their own lives.
Bev is currently illustrating for Pine Lake Books and enjoys it very much! Creating characters for children’s books makes her remember a time when dreams were tangible and magic was real.
We were lucky enough to get Bev to illustrate J. Graham Ducker's "The Elephant That Wanted to Join the Circus."
In this wonderful tale a young elephant decides he wants to join the circus--to get lots of peanuts. Along the way he meets other animals who have been in the circus.
Bev's illustrations bring the characters to life. You are sure to fall in love with this young pachyderm.
While waiting for "The Elephant That Wanted to Join the Circus" to be released in 2011, Bev is busy finishing the illustrations for J. Graham Ducker's "Why Pigs Have Curly Tails".
Bev is busy now illustrating a series of children's books written by Canadian author, Joan Daulby, about a wind named Walter. The first in the series, Walter Wind, is due to be released in Spring 2011.
Bev also does paintings and crafts, and we hope to see more of Bev's work in the future.
Here are a few examples of Bev's other work.