Loebel-Fried is an artist and author from Volcano, Hawai`i. She grew
up by the ocean in New Jersey where she learned the art of block printing
from her mother. Conservation and the natural world are the foundations
for her inspiration and work. Interested in the human experience of
nature, she has researched Hawaiian legends with curiosity about how
people experience and care for their natural environment. She has created
six award-winning books to date, retelling Hawaiian legends with words
and art for children through adults. She creates art for several nonprofit
organizations, government agencies, and Hawaiian Cultural organizations,
for fund-raising and education and outreach about wildlife and conservation.
She recently spent five weeks on Midway Atoll, in the presence of the Laysan, Black-footed, and a few Short-tailed albatrosses, counting and sketching them. She completed artwork that is now being used by Friends of Midway Atoll, fundraising for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and their work on Midway. Caren spent time at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and the other refuges on Kaua`i, and created art used for fundraising and education about Kilauea Point and its birds and other wildlife, and the historic lighthouse. Caren is working on a project with Conservation Council for Hawai`i about extinction in Hawai`i, focusing on the `O`O, a beautiful forest bird last heard in 1987, and a new book about albatrosses called, The Perfect Day for an Albatross. When not in Hawai`i, Caren loves camping and kayaking with the loons in upstate New York.
Caren continues to work on behalf of wildlife. Her aim is to bring people, especially children, closer to the natural world with the hope that they will want to help care for it.