Hello! My name is Delayna Waite, and I am a graphic designer and illustrator from Eagle, Idaho. I’ve had a passion for art from a young age, seeking to create things simply to bring a smile to others faces. When I am is not making art or playing softball, I love spending with friends and family, baking, watching movies, playing card games, or participating in outdoor recreation activities like paddle boarding or wake surfing. Inspiration for my illustrations and design work often come from nature, children, and my faith. These three things are what give me life as an artist. I find it easy to draw upon the hope brought through faith, the playful innocence of a child, and the natural beauty of God’s creation.
A large portion of my most recent work has been inspired by my passion to provide children’s educators with new and fun learning material to use in either therapy or classroom settings. These Active ABC’s are an exciting and interactive way for children to engage in learning the alphabet. By pairing unique verbs with bright colors and personified inanimate objects, it makes the letters both memorable and repeatable, while also encouraging children to perform some of the actions.
My purpose in creating these illustrations as individual squares is to make them usable in a variety of formats based on what the educator’s needs might be. Here, it can be seen as a poster, but other format options could include canvas prints around a classroom, flashcards, or an alphabet book.
As I continue exploring the many directions that children’s illustration can take, my hope is to fill rooms with smiles, laughs and a joy that reflects the good in the world.
For more content and personal information, visit my portfolio site at www.delaynareiss.com.