French-Australian artist, Helene Magisson!
I'm beyond excited to tell you that Helene has agreed to illustrate JACARANDA SNOW, my first picture book.
Helene's work is so beautiful! Before I knew who my publisher had commissioned, I had already imagined Helene as the illustrator of my dreams...and you'll see why.
Helene understands beauty. She sees it everywhere, and so do I. She's the perfect artist to bring JACARANDA SNOW to life.
Her training is fascinating; Helene studied history of art at the Louvre combined with a bachelor of painting restoration, including medieval illumination. Please, if you have time, read this incredible article (in Helene's own words) about her love of art!
Helene has several picture books available now. Her first book was a new interpretation of the classic story, The Velveteen Rabbit. Her latest book is Slowly, Slowly with T.M. Clark.
I keep daydreaming about all the kids who will get the chance to enjoy Helene's gorgeous art, wrapped up in my beautiful story. I'll keep you posted about the availability date of JACARANDA SNOW in 2018. So many of you have already pre-purchased! Thank you! I'll send your copy to you with love from Sydney. Until then, you can buy prints of Helene's work in her online store. I ordered a special piece for myself and one for my Canadian mom.
Enjoy your beautiful weekend, everyone. If you're in Sydney, it'll be filled with JACARANDA SNOW. And if you've taken any JACARANDA SNOW photos, I'd love to see them: firstname.lastname@example.org (There's a super pretty one here!)
P.S. Here's sweet Miss A, the daughter of my gorgeous writer-friend Tara, and their jacaranda snow! Tara's an emerging novelist and her fabulous blog is here...enjoy!