Who We Are

Our artists have worked on such projects as SpongeBob, The Simpsons, Phineas and Ferb, Ice Age, The Rugrats, and Scooby Doo; comic books such as Batman, The Hulk, Archie and Mad Magazine; illustrations for Rolling Stone, Harpers, The New Yorker, Time; as well as graphic design for BBDO, Grey, Goodby Silverstein.


6473024103_f253603b75_bMessage from our Founder, Elizabeth Winter:
“As a child, I had a rare cancer called, dermatofibroma sarcoma protuberans.  It took a long time to diagnose and treat, and I remember vividly how much of a difference it made to just have someone to talk with or try to make me laugh during that often frightening and isolating time.

I am grateful today to remain cancer free.  I’ve gone on to a career in animation and live action where I’ve gotten to meet some of the greatest artists in the world.  Together we have created The Ink Well with the hopes of bringing laughter, creativity and comfort to the brave kids facing illness today.”

Elizabeth has worked on shows such as “Beavis & Butthead,” “Rugrats,” “The Wild Thornberrys,” and currently “The Venture Brothers.”



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Peter de Séve
Peter is perhaps best recognized for his many New Yorker magazine covers and his character designs for the blockbuster Ice Age franchise. He has also contributed to such films as Mulan, A Bug’s Life, Arthur Christmas and Finding Nemo. Most recently, he was the lead character designer on a French animated feature based on the beloved classic, The Little Prince, due for release in 2015.

Included among de Sève’s many distinctions are the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators, a Clio Award for a Nike television commercial and a Daytime Emmy Award for best character design in a daytime television show.




Heather MacDonald
Heather is a director/producer of documentary films, through her company Toots Crackin Productions. Her films have been broadcast internationally, and have won major film festival awards, notably Sundance, Berlin and Edinburgh. She has earned grants or fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, JP Morgan Foundation, NY Foundation for the Arts, and the Peter J. Sharp Foundation, among others.




Ray Alma, Event Director: St. Mary’s Hospital
Ray is a cartoonist, caricaturist and illustrator.  His work has appeared in Mad magazine, DC Comics, NY Daily News, NY Newsday and shows for Nicktoons.  He’s a member of the National Cartoonist Society and in 2010, he won the NCS Reuben Award for “Best In Magazine Illustration”. He has taught cartooning at Jamaica Arts Center, Queens College and Nassau Community College.  He also draws for the USO at hospitals in Washington DC, Germany, Kuwait and Iraq.


Elana Amity, Event Director: Mount Sinai Hospital
Elana is a full-time fine artist whose work has been exhibited in New York, Ireland and Italy. Most recently, she had a one-woman show in Port Authority’s Artists in Public Spaces. She’s been an Editorial Illustrator for consumer and trade magazines and has also taught illustration and painting at La Guardia High School. She’s on the Board of Directors at the Society of Illustrators, co-chairs their Community Service Committee, and coordinates their Summer Illustration Art Academy for at-risk children.


Jane Archer, Event Director: Bellevue Hospital
Jane is a Brooklyn-based illustrator and graphic designer. Her work includes illustrations for “The Bap Handbook” and Clinton Kelly’s “Freakin Fabulous,” character design for sites like gurlthang.com and her own worldwide stationary line for Clarkson Potter/Random House called p.s. bella by jane archer. Jane is currently illustrating a CD for children called, “Jumping Through Hoops, Songs of Bravery and Courage” as well as teaching children at an afterschool arts and design program at the Brooklyn Design Lab.




Franz Palomares, Event Director: Gilda’s Club NYC
Franz is an animator and cartoon illustrator. He has worked both in traditional cel animation and 3D animation on such projects as “Curious George,” “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” “Dr. Suess’ Sneetches,” “Dora the Explorer,” “X-Men” and more.  His animated short, ‘Zombies Vs. Vampires’, won the audience award at the 2010 Miami International Film Festival. Currently he’s working with TED Conferences on their TED-Ed initiatives, bringing together great animators and great educators to create lessons worth spreading.



joseph_scottJoseph Scott, Director of Los Angeles Events
Joseph is a Director, Story Artist and animator. Based in Los Angeles, he works primarily on TV shows, including: Rugrats (for which we he won an Emmy for Directing), Wild Thornberry’s, As Told By Ginger, Futurama, Napoleon Dynamite, Murder Police, Penn Zero Part-time Hero. He currently works at Walt Disney Television Animation. For the past 10 years he has taught graduating 3rd Graders the fundamentals of drawing and animating at Mark Keppell Elementary in Glendale, CA. He Graduated from San Diego State as an Illustrator in 1994.




Ray Alma, IWF Event Director at St. Mary’s Hospital
Amber Alvarez
Sal Amendola 
Elana Amity, IWF Event Director at Mount Sinai Hospital
Phillip Andrews
Sergey Aniskov 
Jane Archer
, IWF Event Director at Bellevue Hospital 
Sy Barry
Hillary Barton
Howard Beckerman  
Justin Bilicki
Steve Brodner
Natalie Butler
John Jay Cabuay
Joan Chiverton
Sangjun Chon
Dan Danglo
Pedro Delgado
Sal Denaro
Drew Dernavich
Mike de Seve
Peter de Séve, Board Member
Bil Donovan
Julia Durgee
Rami Efal
Roberta Fabiano
Nina Frenkel
Joseph Gallagher
Barbara Garrison
Tobie Giddio
Stan Goldberg
Dayna Gonzalez
Tim Hamilton
Jeanine Henderson
Henry Hilaire
Brett Jackson
Leyah Jensen
Joseph Jurewicz
Tricia Kleinot
Maasa Kuwana-Muelhaupt
Yunmee Kyong
Marty Macaluso
Heather MacDonald, Board Member   
Lewis Matheney
Patrick Merrell
Abby Merrill    
Anelle Miller
Mark Mitchell
Oded Naaman
Angela Navarra
Lemwell Navera
Samantha Olschan
Don Orehek
Eun-Ha Paek
Franz Palomares, IWF Event Director at Gilda’s Club NYC
Jason Patterson
Joyce Pedretti
Debbie Peiser
Dan Pinto
Paolo Rivera
Katherine Roy

Tim Savage
Phil Scheuer
Nathan Schreiber
Maria Scrivan
Dan Shefelman
Erin Shigaki
Adrian Sinnott
Ed Steckley
Sarah Takenaga
Joe Vissichelli
Michael Wetterhahn
Elizabeth Winter, Founder, Executive Director, Board Member
Karrie Witkin

Jeremy Arambulo
Paul Harmon
Adam Henry
Michael Kenny
Christian Lignan
Max Martinez
Dan Piraro
Joseph Scott, IWF Los Angeles Event Director
Derek Thompson
Monica Tomova


Peter de Séve at New Alternatives for Children

We regularly visit children facing illness at the following institutions: 

Bellevue Hospital: the oldest public hospital in the United States, Bellevue serves children who are challenged by psychiatric issues.

CancerCare: a national nonprofit that provides free, professional support services for anyone affected by cancer.

Gilda’s Club: a network of clubhouses supporting people whose lives have been affected by cancer.

Hope and Heroes: a program supporting children with cancer and their families at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.

Mount Sinai Hospital: one of the oldest and largest teaching hospitals in the United States.

New Alternatives for Children: a center for children with disabilities and chronic illness with a focus on foster and adoptive families.

New York Foundling: one of the city’s oldest child welfare agencies, NY Foundling supports children in at-risk and transitional housing situations.

Ronald McDonald House: a charity that works to keep families together while children receive medical treatment by providing housing and other support.

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children: a non-profit healthcare center for children with special needs and life-limiting conditions.

Sunrise Day Camp: the only dedicated day camp in the nation for children with cancer.

Past Partners Include:

Children’s Hospital of Minnesota: an independent, non-profit system with more than 12,000 inpatient visits and 200,000 emergency room and other outpatient visits each year.

Children’s Memorial of Chicago: the pediatric teaching facility of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

New York Methodist Hospital: an acute-care teaching hospital affiliated with the Weill Cornell Medical College.

Legal Disclaimers:

*Photos: In order to protect the children’s privacy, we do not publish minors’ names with any of our photos unless we have written consent from a legal guardian. We are also not permitted to show the children’s faces in our photos at specific events.  We make every effort to honor the privacy of the children and families we visit while respectfully sharing their stories for the benefit of others who are experiencing similar challenges. If you are a legal guardian and would like to have your child’s name posted with their photo or if you have any concerns about a photo, please contact us at info@inkwellfoundation.org.

*Please Note: in 2009, there was some confusion associating our foundation with Henry Louis Gates, Jr..   Although Mr. Gates once ran a group with a similar name, we have no affiliation or connection with Mr. Gates or any of his endeavors whatsoever.

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