Under the sea is the best place to be

About the Author &
the Illustrator of


“I feel Dogfish in my heart. He’s the vulnerable, innocent child in all of us.”

Frequently Asked Questions About Rita


How old are you?

I’m older than children.  I may be a lot older because my hair has some gray in it.

Where do you live?

I live in Southern California, close to the beach!

Do you have any pets?

I have two cats.  One cat is 4 years old and the other one is almost 17 years old.  I also feed the birds outside, and lots of crows love that food, so I guess I have pet crows too.

Where is your favorite place?

The beach is my favorite place, because under the ocean there is a magical, wonderful world!

What inspired your love of the ocean?

My father, Ray inspired my love of the ocean.  He loved to scuba dive and had AMAZING stories of swimming with pods of whales, friendly sea otters, and huge sharks. One time he found a GIGANTIC Pacific Octopus, which he decided not to swim with.

What did you like to do when you were a kid?

I loved creating cartoon characters and writing stories about them.  Oh, and I LOVED going to the beach!

How did you come up with Dogfish?

Dogfish came to me in a dream.  I decided to bring him to life through my books.


Craig Cartwright has worked in all aspects of the visual arts world including children’s books, editorial illustration, character design, and film and commercial storyboards.

His client list includes Pixar, Disney, Warner Brothers (Looney Tunes), Fox (The Simpsons), The History Channel, The Family Guy, and Marvel.

Craig received a degree in commercial illustration from Commonwealth University in Virginia. He lives in Venice, California.