I work from my home and studio in Woodside, California, we affectionately call our tree house, with my artist/writer husband Mark Holmes and our twin sons.

As long as I can remember I have always loved reading, drawing and painting. As a
kid, my friends and I would write and illustrate spooky or fantastic stories then make our own little picture books. I was hooked! Illustrating books seemed like the coolest job on earth.

I graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco and have taken classes at UC
Berkeley and Stanford University in children's book illustration and picture-book writing.

I paint primarily in acrylics but occasionally use pastels. I like to use theatrical lighting and color to get the mood of the
piece I am illustrating. My technique involves laying
down an acrylic wash to dry, then working over it with a dry brush, scumbling the paint
to give the work a soft pastel like quality.

I work for various magazines, newspapers, music industry, publishers, poster publishers and the children's publishing market. I have also illustrated and art directed for various companies in the multi-media, corporate, educational
and game industries.

Recently, I have been featured artist in two issues of DPI magazine, LST collection of children's illustrators and Digital Imaging Magazine as well as various poetry and prose collections.

Some of my clients are:
Annick Press
Pepsi, Inc.
Lucile Packard Foundation
Hay House Publishers
Bookmark's Magazine
Owl Square Press Houghton/Mifflin
Harcourt Brace, McGraw-Hill Weekly Reader Express
Kirchoff/Wohlberg
Rigby Educational
Pronk Inc.

My paintings and prints have been exhibited and sold at various galleries in
the San Francisco Bay Area and have been exhibited at MTV corporate offices in New York.

I am a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, San Francisco Society of Illustrators and The Graphic Artist Guild.

To see more of my artwork please go to my on-line gallery at: www.lunavilla.com
my art and news blog:
http://lunavilla.blogspot.com/



Contact Info
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Telephone:
650-851-3988
Address:
451 Glenwood Avenue, Woodside
CA, 94062
United States
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