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Painter and photographer Rick Lieder has been creating fine art and illustration for many years. His art has appeared on award-winning novels ranging from mysteries and science fiction, to books based on the X-Files TV series and Newbery Award-winning books for children.

His fine art has been exhibited in galleries in the Midwest and Canada, and include painting, photography, and digital art.

His nature photography centers on ordinary backyard wildlife. These photographs capture the unique qualities of light interacting with the natural world, including luminous photographs of honey bees and small birds in flight, glowing fireflies mating and hovering over twilight fields, mosquitoes with a belly full of blood, and new-born praying mantis nymphs emerging from their egg cases.

His wildlife filmmaking was featured in PBS NOVA documentary “Creatures of Light”, produced by National Geographic Television, in spring 2016.

His nature picture books are collaborations with award-winning novelist and poet Helen Frost, published by Candlewick Press.

His latest picture book from Candlewick Press, AMONG A THOUSAND FIREFLIES, was published March 2016, receiving starred reviews from KIRKUS and School Library Journal.

STEP GENTLY OUT, published in 2012, in its 8th printing with 30,000 copies. Starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly, along with a museum exhibition at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

SWEEP UP THE SUN, Spring 2015, features images of birds in flight, showcasing beautiful aerial acrobats as they dive, soar and play tag with the wind. Work from Sweep Up the Sun was featured in June 2015 at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, IN, with an exhibition and book signing.

More books are coming, including WAKE UP! in 2017.


To commission a book cover or illustration, please email Rick.