Loebel-Fried is an artist and author from Volcano, Hawai`i. While growing
up by the ocean in New Jersey, she learned the ancient art of block
printing from her mother with nature all around her. Now, conservation
and the natural world are her inspiration and the foundation of her
work. Caren has researched and explored many of the storied places of
Hawai’i, and studied native species and Hawaiian legends with curiosity
about how people experience and care for their natural environment.
She has created six award-winning books to date for children through
adults, creating educational stories about birds and retelling Hawaiian
legends. She has also created art for several conservation organizations,
government agencies, and Hawaiian Cultural organizations, providing
educational materials about wildlife and conservation.
During five weeks on Midway Atoll, Caren counted and studied nesting albatrosses
and other wildlife. She was researching to create iconic art for the United
States Fish and Wildlife Service that celebrated Midway Atoll National
Wildlife Refuge, Battle of Midway Memorial, and Papahanaumokuakea Marine
National Monument. Some of Caren’s other projects include creating iconic
art for Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on Kaua’i, where seabirds
abound. Caren also partnered with Conservation Council for Hawai`i on
a Hawaiian Monk Seal educational project, and a project that teaches about
extinction in Hawai`i.