Pumudi Hasula Gardiyawasam was born and raised in Sri Lanka and is currently based in Toronto, Canada. She is a self-taught, digital children’s book illustrator. As a child, she was passionate about both art and nature, so she went on to pursue a degree in Zoology. But she never lost her passion for art. In 2019 she decided to make the career change to become a full-time children’s book illustrator. Pumudi hopes to combine her natural art talent with what she learned in university to educate young children about nature and its importance, eventually leading younger generations toward making a better world for all living beings. As a nature enthusiast, she would love to design new characters and illustrate colorful, detailed backgrounds filled with plants, flowers, and life. She also loves to illustrate scenes with magical ambiance. Pumudi’s style developed around her relationship with nature and is very child friendly. When she is not drawing, Pumudi loves experimental cooking, hiking, camping, reading books, and watching movies with her husband.