Paul Mirocha's illustrations first appeared in Gathering the Desert by Gary Paul Nabhan, winner of the John Burroughs Medal for natural history in 1985. After 13 years as a graphic designer for the University of Arizona's Office of Arid Lands Studies, Paul left to become a full-time illustrator, producing over 20 children’s picture books and pop-ups as well as modern nature writing, among them High Tide in Tucson, Prodigal Summer, and Small Wonder, by Barbara Kingsolver. His work is included in the book The Very Best of Children’s Illustration, compiled by the Society of Illustrators. Besides books, Paul's work has also appeared in magazines, corporate brochures, advertisements and packaging labels.
Paul has made five trips to Malaysia and his paintings in The Bee Tree come directly from his sketchbook and memories from those experiences. He lives in Tucson, Arizona, in the Sonoran Desert, with two orange cats and two artist daughters.