Fern Davis Nissim
Illustrating children’s books has always been a dream of hers. Her early art training at the Boston Museum of Fine Art and Mass College of Art, offered her a world of artistic opportunity. Fern’s career path took her in different directions, but she always planned to return to the arts someday. As her first foray in illustration, Fern adapted her Dad’s original story, Antiline’s Brave Adventure, into a rhyming format for her own grandchildren. In the second book Antiline’s True Discovery, written and illustrated by Fern and Sue, they have kept the integrity and personality of the main character as she moves forward on her journey of self-discovery and awareness of the world around her.
Art has always been part of Sue’s life. She uses watercolor, acrylic and mixed media for her creations. Antiline’s Brave Adventure, A Tale of Freedom for Young Children provided her first adventure in illustrating. Sue uses photographs of people moving and playing for her gestural drawings, which give the characters life and personality. Sue has also taught painting through her local senior center sharing all her techniques learned over time.
Original author, philosopher, inventor, and independent thinker in his own time, Fern’s Dad was always telling his children stories about how his parents overcame all obstacles to reach a new home in America. He originally created Antiline’s Brave Adventure (The first tale in the Little Red Ant Books Series) to help his grandchildren understand their heritage and the great gift of being free. Even though the original story was written in 1977 the timing of this message has taken on new meaning today.