Jan is an internationally published illustrator. The whimsicalness in her drawings and her use of bright colour stem 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: BookLife UK, Save the Children (Sweden), Happiness Is Inc., Ontario Arts Council, Clockwise Press, GAPC Entertainment, MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing, Rubicon Pubishing, Life Way 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)
Minted Artist: https://www.minted.com/store/jandolby
Represented by Rebecca Angus, Golden Wheat Literary.
Feel free to contact me to discuss future projects.
Honours & Awards
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
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