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About Us

What is illustration?

Illustration is a piece of visual information, either drawn or photographed, which usually illustrates an accompanying text. The purpose of illustration is to enhance the ideas presented in the text, or simply, to transmit information or concepts visually. 

What is an illustrator?

An illustrator is a fine artist who creations illustrations. They work in nearly all industries - for anyone who needs illustrations for their work, including design consultancies, advertising agencies, publishers, governments, authors, and other businesses and organizations of all size.

What is the Island Illustrators Society?

The Island Illustrators Society (IIS) is an organization of professional illustrators based on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada. It was established in 1986 by six illustrators with a broad mandate to educate. 

IIS aims to foster a greater interest in the art of illustration. The society exists to benefit its members and clients through shared information regarding illustrative techniques, business ethics, and standards. In order to achieve these goals, the society makes partners of practicing illustrators, students, clients and other interested parties. 

IIS members regularly collaborate on projects and exhibits, and work together to share education and information regarding both the art and business of illustration. 

For information on how to become a member, SEE THIS PAGE

Note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IIS is not actively recruiting new members. If you have questions about membership, please reach out to IIS President, Marcia Semenoff at:


How can I hire an illustrator?

IIS does not act as an agent, but as a venue for you to contact any one of its members. Each member has a page on this website that showcases their work. Check them out ON THIS PAGE.

Who are IIS members? 

Current members: 

Laura Bonnie

Emily Bourke

Ruth Bowman

Kristi Bridgeman

Amy Frank

Judy Hilgemann

M. Lawrence

Eliska Liska

Meneka Repka

Marcia Semenoff

Joanell Storm

Joanne Thomson

Stephanie Vandamme

Karen Watson

Founding members:

Victor Bosson

Ken Campbell

Dar Churcher

Carl Coger

Soren Henrich

Grant Leier

Ron Lightburn

Marcia Semenoff

Ken Steacy

Barbara Weaver-Bosson

Tory Woods

Current President:  

Marcia Semenoff 


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