Diane Ratican grew up in West Hollywood, but has lived in Paris and Los Angeles for the past 20 years. With degrees in history and sociology from Berkeley and UCLA, she started out as an educator for gifted children before going into business. Creative and curious, her travels back and forth between L.A. and the capital have inspired her to share her wonder and passion for both cities and cultures. She paints deep and subtle portraits: in Paris, roots and culture, in Los Angeles, the future and innovation.
Two illustrators are dedicated to each city: Nick Lu to L.A., and Eric Giriat to Paris.
Nick Lu studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, from which he graduated. Nick lives in Los Angeles where he is an illustrator for The New Yorker, Wired, the Boston Globe, PlanSponsor, Bloomberg View, Hahe Luft Magazine, Playboy Jazz, Poketo, Riney Advertising, and MacMillan Children's Publishing.
Eric Giriat started out illustrating for ELLE magazine in the 1990s. He has since worked for the press, advertising and publishers. He is internationally renowned and his clients range from fashion, economics, politics and psychology to children's books, interior design and the luxury industry and culture.