I was born and raised in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn, New York. I come from a very artistic family, of which the most notable member is my great-uncle, George Luks, one of “the eight” 19th century artists of the “Ashcan School”.In 1973 I graduated from the High School of Art & Design in New York City. During my time there I studied architecture because I was intrigued by the precision it required. It was a wonderful school for me as I was able to study with teachers who helped me realize my talent.
After high school I enrolled in Parson’s School of Design and graduated in 1977 with a major in Illustration. At Parson’s I learned from many inspirational teachers such as Murry Tinkleman and Maurice Sendak of Where the Wild Things Are who encouraged me to believe in my artistic abilities and my future potential. From them I found the support I needed to stop working as a housekeeper and nanny, which I did to put myself through college, and to start illustrating for books and magazines. One of the highlights of my many experiences in illustrating was working for Bantam Books Art Director Len Leoni.
At Bantam I had the opportunity to illustrate the covers for the first paperback edition of Anne McCaffrey’s Harper Hall trilogy, including Dradonsong, Dragonsinger and Dragondrums. I also did the cover illustrations for Ursula K. Le Guin‘s The Beginning Place, John Crowley’s classic Little Big and his novel Engine Summer, Michael Moorcock‘s Glorianna> and Robert Silverberg‘s Nightwings amongst other book and magazine assignments.
If you would like to contact me, please email me at ElizabethMalczynski@gmail.com.