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Jess Racklyeft is an award winning illustrator (and sometimes author) of over 30 picture books. She creates work with a variety of media including watercolour, mono prints, acrylics and digital illustration – resulting in a very messy studio!
I was born in Perth, West Australia.
After such random jobs as working in the ski fields and with Spirit of Tasmania I worked in the publishing industry for a decade before making the leap in illustration. Jobs included customer service, sales and marketing – and my last role was selling co-editions (books to overseas publishers) allowing me to travel to the Frankfurt and Bologna book fairs. That solidified my plan to follow my dream to work as an illustrator!
Nature, environment and family life.
Winning the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award in 2022 for Iceberg.
Along with Australia, books can be found in the US, North America, France, Italy, South America and the UK.
I am very passionate about conservation and ecology.