The Illustrator - Isabel Finni-Price

Isabel Finni-Price is a twelve year old girl with Autism from Newmarket, Ontario and has always loved drawing. Even her earliest pictures capture emotions and personalities and often told a whole story of their own without even a single word being on the page. When Isabel becomes interested in a series of characters she can draw them for weeks and weeks, sometimes working on them for hours at a time. She is very excited to share her drawings and is grateful for the chance to work on this book to prove that "autistic kids can do amazing things too!"

It all started with a contest 

Friends on the Spectrum began its journey as an art submission contest to find its artistic voice, but then Lorraine Lowry received a very special email submission from Julie Finni of Newmarket, Ontario. 

"Hi there,

My daughter, Isabel, is 12 and on the spectrum.  She was very excited about the idea of potentially providing illustrations for your book and wanted to know lots of details about it…"

Lorraine was amazed at the detailed depictions of character interactions in the pieces Julie submitted on Isabel's behalf. She requested a personal meeting with the family and after making the trip to Newmarket and meeting Isabel she learnt of her passion for charity and the love of her community Lorraine asked Isabel to partner with her on the book as its sole illustrator. 

 Lorraine Lowry and Isabel Finni-Price at Imagine in the Park Festival 2018 

Lorraine Lowry and Isabel Finni-Price at Imagine in the Park Festival 2018 

 Original hand drawn illustration for Friends on the Spectrum 

Original hand drawn illustration for Friends on the Spectrum 

 Original hand drawn illustration for Friends on the Spectrum

Original hand drawn illustration for Friends on the Spectrum