Giselle Potter - Illustrator

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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.