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Jane Ray, Children’s Illustrator

Jane Ray is one of the UK’s most respected children’s book illustrators, who has worked with many well-known authors including; the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Rosen and Jeanette Winterson.

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Jane began her career designing greetings cards, book jackets and posters, before moving in to children’s book illustration, where she now specialises in fairy tales, mythology and folk tales. Jane has worked with many different publishers. Notable titles include; Moonbird by Joyce Dunbar, Stories for a Fragile Planet, retold by Kenneth Steven and Zeraffa Giraffa, a lively and characterful children’s book by Dianne Hofmeyr for Frances Lincoln. Original works of art from all these titles as well as limited edition prints are all available from the Watermark Gallery.

Jane’s work frequently takes her into schools where she finds the thoughts and responses of children to be invaluable. Recently this has involved a project creating 200 mythical beasts for a pop-up festival in a London primary school, a set of painted murals for Enfield children’s library as well as ongoing art workshops for refugees in Islington.

In addition to her work as an illustrator, Jane enjoys writing books and we are very pleased to offer original artwork from her title, The Dolls House Fairy, in the Watermark Gallery collection.