Jamichael Henterly never intended to be a book illustrator. He was an Army paratrooper, an infantry medic, a firefighter and a Forest Service fire lookout. He wanted to be a scientist, but he loved to draw – and somehow “blundered into” illustrating as a career. Jamichael does lots of research when he illustrates. He says that “to draw like an artist helps you to see like a scientist, and to see like a scientist helps you to draw like an artist. I strive to capture in my pictures the same beauty and wonder that captivates and excites me as an observer of nature.”
Jamichael is also a teacher, teaching Illustration and Drawing at Western Washington University,. He has a Washington State K-12 teaching certification and has taught drawing to elementary students around the state. He spends summers manning a Forest Service fire lookout and is an active volunteer Firefighter in his community. He lives along a wild river near Deming, Washington. Forest Bright, Forest Night is Jamichael’s first book with Dawn Publications.