Daniel Minter is a painter, illustrator, and arts educator. Minter’s paintings and sculptures have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at galleries and museums. Using archetypes, symbols, icons and folklore steeped in the context of African-American and African-Diaspora culture, Minter creates a visual vocabulary. Metaphors take shape out common objects, infusing the energy of emotion, action and place to everyday life, everyday being. He is a director and vice-president of Maine Freedom Trails and he designed and created the markers for the Portland Freedom Trail in Portland, Maine. He created the 2004 Kwanzaa stamp and the 2011 Kwanzaa stamp for the U.S. Postal Service.Some of his children’s books include Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story, winner of a Best Book Award from the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, and The Riches of Oseola McCarty, named an Honor Book by the Carter G. Woodson Awards and Ellen's Broom, recipient of the 2012 Coretta Scott King Illustration Honor Award. His work has taken him from Atlanta, Seattle, Salvador, Brazil to Brooklyn, Chicago and to Portland, Maine where he currently resides.