Born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, I was raised in the Ottawa Valley and have lived most of my life in Nova Scotia, and am now an artist, award winning picture book illustrator, and author. I have had a strong visual orientation since a very young age, and a concern for social justice issues from a family involved in civil rights for the underprivileged. I was quite inventive, making things from scratch and found materials, and well grounded, spending a lot of time close to nature. Academically, I leaned toward the arts, and completed a high school program equivalent to second year art college. I was very interested in fine art, but joined a printing company as layout artist instead, and was soon general manager. From there I became resident artist for Canadian University Services Overseas before starting my own graphic design business which grew to become a full service communications design firm. Later I returned to drawing and painting, and began illustrating picture books.Publications
Fania's Heart. Written by Anne Reneauld and illustrted by Richard Rudnicki. SECOND STORY PRESS 2018
Abigail's Wish. Written by Gloria Wesley, illustrated by Richard Rudnicki. NIMBUS PUBLISHING 2016
Cyrus Eaton: Champion for Peace. Words and pictures by Richard Rudnicki. NIMBUS PUBLISHING 2016
Making Contact! Marconi Goes Wireless. Written by Monica Kulling and illustrated by Richard Rudnicki. TUNDRA PRESS, 2013. http://marconigoeswireless.blogspot.ca/
Tecumseh. Written by J. Laxer, illustrated by R. Rudnicki. GROUNDWOOD BOOKS, 2012.
Gus the Tortoise Takes a Walk. Written by Erin Arsenault, illustrated by Richard Rudnicki. NIMBUS PUBLISHING, 2012. ISBN 978-1-55109-906-4more
A Christmas Dollhouse. Written and illustrated by Richard Rudnicki. NIMBUS PUBLISHING, 2011. ISBN 978-1-55109-868-5more
Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged. By J. Nyasha Warner and R. Rudnicki. GROUNDWOOD, 2010.
I Spy a Bunny. Written by Judy Dudar and illustrated by Richard Rudnicki. NIMBUS, 2009
Gracie, the Public Gardens Duck. Written by Judith Meyrick and illustrated by Richard Rudnicki. NIMBUS, 2007.
Viola Desmond Won’t be Budged
- nominated for the 2012 Shinning Willow Award
- nominated for the 2012 Golden Oak Award
- nominated for the Norma Fleck Award
Gracie, the Public Gardens Duck
- awarded 2007 Lillian Sheppard Award for Excellence in Illustration
- nominated 2007 APMA Best Atlantic Published Book Award
- received The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Award for story research
I Spy a Bunny
- nominated for the 2009 Mayor’s Award for excellence in Illustration