Ursula Roma

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Ursula Roma is an illustrator, fine artist and sculptor with a B.F.A. in design and an M.F.A. in Illustration. Ursula works in various media including pen and ink, acrylic, watercolor and digital illustration. She lives with her dog Maggie and three cats, who all help her finish illustrations when she gets too tired to paint. She lives in Cincinnati.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

“The Sneetches” by Dr. Seuss

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.” -Dr. Seuss

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, James Whitcomb Riley

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I loved to draw and my mother encouraged me to pursue whatever my heart desired—so I wanted to be an artist. I went to art school, became an illustrator, and then I started doing some writing too!

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Be persistent. Discover the message you have to give the world and find a way to express it, through images and words.