Jan is an internationally published illustrator. The whimsicalness in her drawings and her use of bright colour stems from her love of animation and children’s literature. Her illustrations can be found in picture books, iOS apps, websites, wall art, posters, newsletters and more.
Born in St. John’s Newfoundland and raised in Ontario, Jan studied Fine Art and Business at The University of Guelph. Her studio, The Pink Suitcase, is located north of Toronto in the Town of Stouffville where she lives with her husband, two teenagers and wiener dog Margaret.
Clients include: GAPC Entertainment, MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing, Rubicon Pubishing, Life Way Kids, Ransom Publishing UK, Scholastic Canada, Fitzhenry and Whiteside Publishers, Women’s Health Foundation, Below Your Belt, Farfaria, LilyLu & TT2 Publishing, Magic World Media, and Crayola Canada.
Member of The Society of Children’s Book Writer and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Minted Artist: https://www.minted.com/store/jandolby
Honours & Awards
Below Your Belt, How To Be Queen of Your Pelvic Region
Gold Medalist – Independent Publisher Book Award, Recognizing Excellence in Independent Publishing, Award for Juvenile-Young Adult Non-Fiction
Gold Medalist – Nautilus Book Award, Better Books for a Better Word, Juvenile-Young Adult Non-Fiction
Silver Medalist – Independent Book Publishers Association, Ben Franklin Award for Editorial and Design
Gabby picture book
Winner – Rainforest of Reading Festival, Montserrat 2015
Nominee – Rainforest of Reading Festival, Grenada and St. Lucia 2014
Ontario Library Association’s Best Bets Top 10 2014
Featured in: Canadian Toy Testing Council Toy Report 2014 Award Winning Books
Canadian Living Magazine’s Family Fun Guide summer 2013 – Great Summer Reads
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids and Teens 2013 – Picture Books for kids ages 3 and up