As a fifth and sixth grade teacher, Kevin Kremer loved writing an annual Christmas story for his students. After the Kremer family’s sheltie collie, Jamie, died, Kevin decided to write his first book, a Christmas story, with
Jamie as the main character. The rest of the Kremer family and some of Kevin’s students were also characters in the book. That book, A Kremer Christmas Miracle, was published in 1995. For several years, Kremer has
wanted to do a second edition of that book and add several illustrations. Finally, with the help of his artist Dave Ely, they got the job done.
Dave Ely was once a student in author Kevin Kremer’s sixth grade class in Bismarck, North Dakota. Now, Dave is Kremer’s favorite artist.Dave is a self-taught artist with many talents. Besides illustrating books, he does
custom wood carvings, bone sculptures, and paintings. Many of his works depict a Western or wildlife theme.Ely has done a life-sized bear carving and an eagle carving for the movie Wooly Boys. Among many other projects,
Dave is presently working on a life-sized carving of a mountain lion. He recently accepted a job at the Dakota Zoo in Bismarck, North Dakota.Dave loves to get away from it all by camping and fishing. Red Lodge, Montana, is
his favorite spot.