Norkio Senshu spent 16 years in Alaska. She acquired degrees at the University of Alaska and taught while creating her picture book, Sonny's Dream published by Hampton Roads. She now lives and works in Huntington, West Virginia with her husband a dog and a cat. Noriko has worked as a fine arts illustrator since 1990. She thanks her residency in Alaska for her artistic inspiration. "Most of my portfolio was created while in Alaska. I miss walking the coastal trail in summer, and skating outside in winter." Noriko brings her own personal perception of Alaska's animals to her work. They appear to be almost surrealistic and are brushed with her own touch of humor. Each of Noriko's animals take on an engaging personality of their own.