Nalin DeSilva: Author / Artist
Nalin is an artist who was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Papua New Guinea and Australia surrounded by rain forests, animals and beautifully unique insects. In 1992 he moved to Los Angeles. Although art was his real passion, Nalin chose a career path he thought would leverage his love for art and business. He started his advertising & design company, mediafish while still in college, but still managed to either draw or paint almost every day. Known for his portrait work, he has shown in galleries in California, Nevada, Tennessee, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
Nalin has worked with various organizations such as the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Shiela E’s Lil’ Angels Bunny Foundation, the MusicCares Grammy Foundation, the Los Angeles Dodgers Dream Foundation and Golden Boy Promotions. He has consulted on various theatrical projects such as Deep Impact, The X Files, Hercules, U.S. Marshalls, Pocahontas-Journey To A New World and his work is in private collections around the world, including that of Dallas Perez, (former pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers), Michihiro Ogasawara (formerly of the Yomiuri Giants), Daisuke Miura (former pitcher for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars) and the estate of former Guess model Anna Nicole Smith.
Though Nalin has experimented with screenplays, short stories and character development, Agnes and the Butterfly Dragon is the first complete book for children that he wrote and illustrated. The idea of a strong, determined and empathetic character came to him after he and his wife had their daughters. He wanted the Agnes character to be a symbol for children — especially girls — everywhere. That they can be tough, brave and independent, yet at the same time be compassionate and have a deep and enduring love for animals and the Earth.