Meera Lee Patel is a self-taught artist raised by the New Jersey shore, where she swam the bright waters and climbed cherry blossom trees until she grew old enough to draw them. Her illustrations are inspired by the magical mysteries of nature, the quiet stories that lace through everyday life, and the bold colors of her native India.

Her latest book, START WHERE YOU ARE was published by Penguin-Random House in August 2015.

Meera lives + works in Brooklyn, NY.

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