From as far back as he can remember, Ken was certain of one thing: he would live his life as an artist. As Ken explains, “Art is what I am.”
Ken Daley was born and raised in Cambridge, Ontario to parents who emigrated from Dominica, West Indies. From an early age, Ken developed a love for the arts—painting, dance, and music. As a child, he preferred books that had lots of illustrations in them, like ones by Dr. Seuss, Robert Munsch, and Disney fairytale books. “They were filled with colorful pictures and I remember looking at them and wanting to do that!” He excelled in art and music at school and was always doodling in note pads that his parents would give him. They noticed his artistic abilities and enrolled him in drawing and music lessons. At the age of 13, Ken took drawing classes taught by comic book illustrator Richard Comely. Taking the classes set him on his quest to become an artist. He concentrated on honing his drawing and painting skills throughout high school and college.
Joseph's Big Ride (Fall 2015), written by Terry Farish, is his first published children’s book. Ken draws inspiration from his African-Caribbean roots, childhood experiences, and music. His work has been described as a celebration of color and life. As Ken explains, “I had fun creating illustrations that make this wonderful story come to life!”
Ken is an honorary graduate from the Art Centre of Central Technical School, as well as a graduate of architectural technology from Humber College in Toronto. He illustrated and designed greeting cards for numerous years, as well as exhibited his artwork within Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean. Ken has been featured in many print publications and on television and radio.
Ken lives with her wife Nadine and two pets, and splits his time between Ontario and the U.S. They’re planning to collaborate on a new children’s book called Nappily Ever After—a collection of fairytales retold from an Afrocentric point of view.