b. 1941 Northumberland ~ UK Originally from Hexham, Northumberland, Ken McKie spent some years as an illustrator in London before making his home in South Yorkshire. Married to the children's writer Annie McKie they have worked together writing and illustrating children's books for almost 30 years. With over 300 books to their credit they are one of the most prolific writer/ illustrator partnerships in the world. They have two daughters, Sophie who lives in Australia and Lucy, a portrait painter. Ken now concentrates on painting full time. In addition to his still life work he is also well known as an equestrian and dog painter. The years as an illustrator have given Ken a great range of artist skills, and the ability to get emotion into his pictures, be it the power and energy of a racehorse or the serene beauty of simple objects in a still life. Ken McKie brings a lifetime of observation and understanding into every picture he paints.