Jeanette Bradley studied painting at Indiana University and Children’s Book Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. Along the way she also acquired a degree in urban planning. Her debut picture book LOVE, MAMA is forthcoming from Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) in January 2018.
Jeanette’s exuberant illustrations have won multiple awards, including the R. Michelson Gallery Emerging Artist Award. She once spent a summer as the artist-in-residence for a traveling art museum on a train. She currently lives in Rhode Island.
Jeanette is represented by Emily Mitchell of Wernick & Pratt.
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I make picture books because I am fascinated by them as a complex art form. Picture books are meant to be read aloud - to be, in a way, a performance on a very intimate stage. The magic of picture books exists in the intersection of the reader, text, illustrations, and the book itself as an interactive art object.
I work digitally but want my work to feel fresh, spontaneous, and organic. I want the viewer to have a sense of the human hand that went into the mark making on the virtual page. I work to create characters and stories that express the great diversity of human experience as well as universal themes.
Two of my favorite books as a child were Mary Blair’s The Color Kittens and Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel. I still love these books as an adult and re-read them often. My work has been influenced by Mary Blair’s exuberant use of color and Arnold Lobel’s ability to write about life from a child’s-eye perspective.
SCBWI - See my SCBWI member profile
Drawing Together (RISD-CE Children's Book Illustration blog)
WNDB - We Need Diverse Books
PiBoIdMo - Picture Book Idea Month
ReFoReMo - Reading for Research Month