All about me….

I was all about make-believe, magical worlds and imagination growing up. I loved to paint and draw, so I studied Fine Art at The University of Guelph and became an illustrator.

I live in Aurora, Ontario and have worked as an illustrator for over 15 years. I used to work for a children’s museum and a professional theatre for kids, where I got to enjoy children’s laughter, imaginations and pure fun.

As well as drawing, I love to hang out with my family, play golf, spend time at the beach and re-reading Harry Potter books.

Interesting facts about Jan: born on an island, kissed by a famous author, cottage on a Great Lake

Clients include: BookLife UK, Save the Children (Sweden), Happiness Is Inc., Ontario Arts Council, Clockwise Press, GAPC Entertainment, MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing, Rubicon Publishing, LifeWay Kids, Ransom Publishing UK, Scholastic Canada, Fitzhenry and Whiteside Publishers, To Know is To Know, 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 Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
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Feel free to contact me to discuss future projects. 

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

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