Biography

Deborah Perdue Book DesignerDeborah Perdue, owner of Illumination Graphics, knows how difficult it can be to choose someone to work on your book or other projects. Whether it’s for cover design or interior design and formatting, brand identity, or promotional materials, she understands you are entrusting her with your important project in a partnership to help convey your message. One of the things she cherishes most about her job are the discussions she has with people, getting to know who they are and what they’re looking for. She prides herself on being understanding and easy to work with, as well as having the ability to help her clients express what they really want in a book cover, interior design and typesetting, letterhead and business cards, postcards, brochures, CD or DVD cover or signage.

As an award winning author of “Grace of Gratitude Journal”, she understands what it takes to be a self-published author, and provides services to help guide this effort, as well.

A quick look at her testimonials will find phrases used to describe Deborah and the collaborative effort as “highly professional”, “a pleasure to work with”, “great creative input”, “exceeded my expectations’, “superb service”, “went above and beyond” and “a truly talented artist.”

Deborah graduated Cum Laude from Sonoma State University in 1994, earning Bachelor degrees in Studio Art (emphasis on Photography) and English (emphasis on Creative Writing). She is an active member of the Author’s Innovative Marketing Group, and the Independent Book Publishers Association.

In her spare time, Deborah is a writer and photographer whose photographs can be found in both online and print magazines. Deborah is also a Licensed Practitioner and facilitator at the Center for Spiritual Living in Grants Pass, Oregon.

Deborah enjoys working with people all over the country from her home office in Southern Oregon, where she shares a home on five beautiful acres with her husband and a menagerie of animals.

Tara Thelen

Tara Thelen is our gifted illustrator.

For the past seven years, Tara has been working closely with Deborah Perdue on various projects, mostly book covers, as well as CD cover designs, posters, logo designs, and other promotional works. Her artwork in the Grace of Gratitude Journal is integral to the beauty and magic of it!

An American artist living near Amsterdam, her artwork has been exhibited in galleries throughout the US, Europe, and the Pacific. The inspiration for her work, she tells us, is emotion in all its various forms. As an artist, Tara’s drive is to create art that elicits strong, positive emotions – art that leaves an impression and truly touches those who view it. See the illustration portfolio for a glimpse into the many styles of artwork she can create. The wide range of mediums she uses include pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, watercolors, pastels, and acrylics. Deborah and her often work together using mixed media to arrive at the perfect cover or logo for you.

Tara teaches art lessons to children and teens at Museum Kranenburgh in the beautiful village of Bergen, near the North Sea, where she lives with her husband Paul and their two teenage boys.

See our Illustration Portfolio to see her great work.