Felicia has been interested in drawing since her early childhood. At a very young age, her art teacher introduced her to art at a summer workshop at school. She checked out books from the local library and studied them diligently. In 8th grade, she was given a box of old brushes and paints by her art teacher, Mrs. Rayburn. Felicia remembers doing covers for play bulletins at school even as early as third grade.
She remembers coming home from school to find her father building her what he called her very own “art gallery”. A carpenter by trade, he would bring home blocks of wood for her to paint on. Felicia says of her dad “He was my source for artistic inspiration and still is”. She says, “I have developed discipline for staying true to my subject matter from my daddy. He said if you start something, you finish it.”
Currently, she resides in Texas with her husband (Rodger), German Shepherd (Mona Lisa) and cats (Boo & Kitty). Her daughters have since grown and gone on to college leaving her more time for her to focus on learning about the children’s book industry and her artwork.
Felicia Lilley has a body of work that reflects a life dedicated to improving on the talent that God has given her. With the encouragement of her husband and daughters, she was never allowed to give up on herself or her work. Instead, she has found the joy and reward of creating and through that creation the ability to give to others something that will continue giving long after she is gone.
Member – SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators