Rich Okun

author illustrator in Bethany, Connecticut

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I am the author and illustrator of 4 published books, blog, and app.

My passion is to express ancient spiritual teachings in words and pictures. My format is to use a famous quote to inspire a short poem and painting reflecting the essence of the spiritual teaching. I call them little vignettes. I use simple language to allow all ages to understand and communicate these little sayings about enormous things. Many of the paintings use Maya (my Shih Tzu Puppy) as the muse.


Maya's Daily Meds - a unique iphone/ipad app


- The Sun, the Moon, the Stars and Maya

- Earth, Wind, Fire and Maya

- Embrace Every Step

- Annie and Me

Prints and products

My work and website is for all dog lovers, children of all ages and for adults. All my work is spiritually based.

It is intended to help family members discuss these deep and complex issues with their children and even adults to delight the child in you.

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With Love, Maya and Rich

  • Work
    • Bethany, CT
  • Education
    • Syracuse University