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About the Artist

My name is Ellen and I've worked as an illustrator for much of my professional life. When I first started Sister Moon Graphics, I decided to use my maiden name, Buoncristiani--an Italian surname meaning "Good Christians," which seems a good fit for this work. My husband and I have two grown children and live in the beautifully preserved Gold Rush town of Nevada City, California, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.  

After receiving a B.F.A. degree in Illustration from San Francisco's Academy of Art College, a commercial art school, my goal was to become a natural science illustrator. I was fortunate to soon find myself working at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco as an illustrator for the Botany Department, where I created traditional, hand-rendered pen and ink drawings for publication in scientific manuscripts. I also enjoyed producing artwork for other departments within the Academy, including herpetology, entomology, and public exhibits.

Those years as a science illustrator reinforced my love of realistic drawing and illustration, which I explored in a range of work that included solo and gallery exhibits, museum installations, magazine illustration, advertising, and product packaging. I've been fortunate to license my artwork to many companies including Aaron Ashley Fine Art Publishers of New York and the Franklin Mint.

Sister Moon Graphics began as art that I did just for myself, a personal exploration of one of my great interests, medieval manuscript illustration.  I love studying the many styles and forms of lettering and page decoration that developed throughout Europe over the period of roughly 1,000 years prior to the invention of the printing press. Because so much of this art owes its existence to the hard working scribes and the far-sighted vision of innumerable monasteries throughout that time, this study has also been a natural and fulfilling fit with the practice of my own Catholic faith.