Meet the Illustrators of the Acting Out Yoga Series…
Jessica Lynne Clark: Illustrator of Harvir in the Amazon
Jessica Lynn Clark grew up in Alfred, Maine in an artistic family who naturally shaped her work as an artist. Jessica’s passion is to create colorful, uplifting paintings and illustrations. Drawing from observation and from imagination, she often paints wildlife to inspire others to care for nature, particularly endangered ecosystems. While in college, Jessica attended the National Outdoor Leadership School and spent three months backpacking in Washington State Mountains and through the Hoh Rain Forest. This experience helped define her goal of creating picture books that bring environmental awareness to children.
Jessica attended Ringling College of Art and Design. There, she completed her first children’s book, Amazonian Animal Alphabet in 2008, before graduating with a BFA in Illustration. Her illustration process begins with research, gathering photo references from books and online. Jessica freelanced for the Global Friends Foundation, an organization promoting global and environmental awareness and literacy and illustrated their series of children books called Friends of the Sea. She continues to do freelance illustration and commissions. When not creating art, she enjoys playing with her kitty, hiking the trails, practicing yoga and chatting and laughing with loved ones. See more of her work at: JessicaLynnClark.com.
Joan Peters: Illustrator of Anna in Paris
Joan Peters was born in Paris and attended the École du Louvre, where she studied art history. She perfected her craft by taking fine arts classes and workshops with locally and nationally recognized artists. Joan also has a background in law and International Business studies. As an artist, she works with watercolors, pastels and acrylics and takes great pleasure in communicating her joy and love of colors to the viewer.
Since moving to Sarasota in 2000, she particularly enjoys plein air painting which takes her to the Gulf beaches, parks and picturesque local sites. Over time, she has developed her eclectic style. She loves new subjects, new materials and artistic experiments.
In late 2001, she opened the Joan Peters Gallery, located in the Village of the Arts in Bradenton,Florida. The Village has become a vibrant artist colony and is said to be the largest in southwest Florida. The Joan Peters Gallery is a favorite stop for visiting art lovers. Monthly Artwalks and special events take place year round in the Village. Community-minded, Joan is a member of the Artists Guild of Manatee, ArtCenter Sarasota, Pen Women, the Sarasota Arts Council and Light Chasers of the Suncoast (a plein air group).
Her paintings are in private collections in France, Chile and the US. In addition to being a painter she is also an illustrator and has created covers and illustrations for various published books, including works of historical fiction, novels, children’s books and more. See more of her work at: JoanPetersGallery.com.