15 augustus 2009

~Jackie Morris~Illustrator

photo JackieJackie Morris 

Born in Birmingham 1960, Jackie is a well established
illustrator of beautiful luminous watercolours for
over 30 children's books. Her subject matter
include detailed magical landscapes of different
lands and times, biblical and mythological characters,
the natural world involving whales, peacocks, bears,
snow leopards, cats, and tigers.
Each time you look at her work you notice
something previously hidden.


In her earlier days she worked for magazines and
also designed greetings cards for Greenpeace
and Amnesty International.


Jackie's illustrations for greetings cards caught
the attention of author Caroline Pitcher, and Jackie
illustrated her first Childrens Book 'Jo's Storm'
published in 1994.  

le panthere blanche title page.

Jackie Morris has since written and beautifully
illustrated the books 'The Seal Children', which she
was awarded the Tir na n-Og Prize by the
Welsh Books Council in 2005', 'The Snow Leopard',
'Lord of the Forest', 'The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems',
'Bears, Bears and more Bears', and
'Cats, Cats and more Cats'.

Jackie has collaborated with many authors for
children's stories including :- Ted Hughes for
'When The Whale Became' a new edition published
in 2000, Caroline Pitcher - who Jackie collaborated
with for 5 books including 'The Snow Whale',
which achieved The Children's Book Federation
Award shortlist in 1997; and with Sian Lewis for
'The Cities in the Sea', which received the prize
for Best English Book of the Year in 1997 by
the Tir na n-Og Welsh Books Council.

wild thing.
white bearqueen 

'Can You See A Little Bear?' written for Jackie by
James Mayhew, was inspired by the illustrations she
created for Christmas cards for the
Musicians Benevolent Fund. This story became
one of Child Magazines top 50 Children's books in America.
This book has also been picked up by the Book Start
Scheme in the UK. James and Jackie are currently
working on a follow up to the successful
'Can You See A Little Bear' originally called
'Starlight Starbright', and the progress of
this book can be viewed on Jackies blog


complete with her wonderful illustrations.
Her books and those she has illustrated have been
produced in many Countries including Wales,
Denmark, Sweden, USA, Canada, and Korea.

owl studio. sam. snow leopard laptop.
board book
Jackie has also designed images for
Terry Pratchetts Calenders since 2004.
She was highly commended in the Australian
Women's Art Award, exhibits her paintings and
prints in Galleries all over the UK, and globally
as far as Queensland, Australia.
She has a collection in the public collection
at the National Library of Wales.
Jackie lives in Pembrokeshire with her two children,
two dogs and numerous cats.


jestersbells kingofthegoldenmountains
dragonCurled around my pillow
My dragon sleeps
And keeps
One eye on the door
To be sure
That no monsters creep
Into my dreams.

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