Elena Kucharik

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Elena Kucharik
Born Cleveland, Ohio
Nationality American
Occupation Children's illustrator
Known for Original artwork for Care Bears

Elena Kucharik is a children's illustrator from the U.S., known for her artwork across the entire line of Care Bears items from the 1980s. She was co-creator of that franchise along with Linda Denham. Kucharik is also an illustrator of the Christian children's book series Little Blessings published by Tyndale House.

Kucharik was born in Cleveland, Ohio and received a Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts from Kent State University.

Her Care Bears illustrations were the most detailed and best quality of all the illustrators who have worked on the franchise. As the lead Care Bears illustrator, Elena worked for American Greetings Corporation, who owns the trademark and her original art.

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