Lea Zalinskis is an illustrator who works entirely with hand-cut paper. She makes pieces for print and designs regularly for Rhetoric Coffee. Her award-winning Night Heron design appears on Oakland Public Library membership cards and can be kept right in your pocket. As a contributor at Hitrecord.org, Lea has conceptualized animation, provided art direction, and created artwork for both print and screen, much of which has appeared on the Emmy Award winning television show HITRECORD on TV.  

Lea graduated from California College of the Arts with a BFA in Photography before returning to her first love of illustration. She is a children's book enthusiast, a collector of stories, a drinker of too much coffee, and a forever (forever forever) fan of Depeche Mode. In the studio she can often be found amidst a large pile of multicolored scraps, tweezers in hand, gluing pieces of paper to other paper. Sometimes she finds paper in her shoes. She lives in California with a trusty cat named Minna, who, despite the tempting flurry of art materials, has not once sabotaged a single illustration.