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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 wildlife photography centers on 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.

Rick’s nature picture books with award-winning novelist and poet Helen Frost are published by Candlewick Press, including:

• 2012: STEP GENTLY OUT▸ now in its 9th printing, along with a paperback edition.
• 2015: SWEEP UP THE SUN, featuring birds in flight, reviewed in the Sunday New York Times Book Review.
• 2017: WAKE UP!, a book on new life.
• 2019: HELLO, I’M HERE!, Sandhill cranes start a family.
• 2022: WAIT – AND SEE, featuring praying mantids.

A museum exhibition and book signing was held at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in 2012 and 2015.

Clients include:

° National Geographic Television
° Natural History Magazine
° Tamron USA
° Werner Publishing
° St. Mary Medical Center, PA
° Candlewick Press
° Backpacker Magazine
° HarperCollins
° Bantam Doubleday Dell
° Penguin Publishing
° Hometown Focus
° Simon & Schuster
° Orion Magazine
° Farrar, Straus & Giroux
° Inscent Inc.