Dow Phumiruk* is a pediatrician who has found her passion in children's book art. Though creative throughout childhood, she put this artistic part of her aside as she pursued a career in medicine. Years later, when she chose to take time off to be a stay-at-home mother (2003), she rediscovered her love of all things creative, finding much joy especially in children's book illustration. She experimented with different mediums and styles on her own for a while. Finally realizing she couldn't do it all alone, she took the plunge into SCBWI in 2011 and hasn't looked back!

Now she primarily works digitally (mostly because she really, really, really needs to erase sometimes) and is represented by East West Literary Agency. Her favorite subjects are children (especially girls) and animals. Her dream of becoming a traditionally published illustrator recently came true: she illustrated a picture book biography of Maya Lin, written by Jeanne Walker Harvey, released in May 2017 by Christy Ottaviano Books (Henry Holt/Macmillan) and has three more books out in 2018.

She lives in Lone Tree, Colorado with her husband of over 2.5 decades, three artistic daughters, one dwarf rabbit, one guinea pig, one hamster, one tiny frog, and a really cool bearded dragon named Sparkles. Dow also enjoys fast and furious sewing projects and limited hiking and biking.
Distinctions in Art:
Winner, SCBWI Inaugural Narrative Art Award, 2017
Winner, SCBWI Postcard Contest 2016
1st place RMC SCBWI calendar image contest 2015
Winner, SCBWI Emerging Voices Award 2013 for Mela in the Jungle
1st place RMC SCBWI Vicki Ferguson Scholarship contest 2013
Kaiser Permanente Colorado Art Show 1st place, Professional Category, 2013 and 2015
2nd place RMC SCBWI Vickie Ferguson Scholarship contest 2012
Kaiser Art Show 2nd place, Nonprofessional Category 2007
Lone Tree Art Show 2nd place Mixed Media category 2009
Art Club Founder and President, Acres Green Mom’s group 2011-2013
Member, Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators since 2011

All images on this site are mine unless otherwise specified. Please don't copy them without my permission. Thank you.
* pronunciation:
Dow rhymes with "wow!" :)
Phumiruk has a sneaky silent h: Poo' mee ruck.