Blue by Giselle Potter
13″ x 10″, 13″ x 10″ x 0.5″, Gouache and Collage
Current Exhibition at Flower Pepper Gallery: Keep It Together curated by Mark Todd from March 26th to April 26th, 2016
“My parents and grandparents were all artists so it’s not surprising that I became one too. I spent a lot of time in my grandfather’s studio, where he let me add to his abstract paintings and music. When I was 3, my parents started a puppet theater company called ‘The Mystic Paper Beasts’ and I traveled and performed with them throughout the United States and Europe.
The drawings and illustrated journals I made of my travels and experiences with the Beasts, inspire me still and led to the children’s books ‘The Year I Didn’t Go To School’ and ‘Chloe’s Birthday..and me’
In 1994, I spent my last year of RISD in Rome with the European Honors Program. When I returned, Chronicle Books published ‘Lucy’s Eyes and Margaret’s Dragon; Lives of the Virgin Saints’ a book of saint paintings and stories I made while I was there.
After moving to Brooklyn, I got my first freelance illustration job with the New Yorker. My New Yorker Illustrations inspired a lucky chain of work with many magazines and children’s books. My first children’s book, ‘Mr. Semolina-Semolinus; a greek folk tale’ was published in 1997, and I have illustrated over 25 books since then.
I have also done advertisement work for Budget, National Geographic, Kirin Beer and between 2001-2, I did over twenty print and animated ads for Persil, the british laundry soap. My pictures have been shown frequently at the Society of Illustrators in New York and Los Angeles,the Katonah museum, and the Eric Carle Museum and Storyopolis in LA. My work has also been selected for several of the American Illustration annuals.
I live with my husband and two daughters in the Hudson Valley.” – Giselle Potter