Showcasing artist and children’s author/illustrator, Felicity Marshall
As I begin this post, I’m trying to remember where Felicity and I first crossed paths. Maybe it was at that same weekend long ago at John Marsden’s Tye estate, where I met so many children’s authors and illustrators, perhaps at a SCBWI gathering, or maybe it was in 2010 at the Bologna Book Fair. Neither of us can remember for certain!
Felicity is a wonderful artist and children’s book illustrator and author who has had an amazing creative career. Her website gives further details, but she has lived, worked and exhibited her paintings in many places throughout the world. Aside from her craft, she is also a beekeeper, gardener and, as she lives in Anglesea, a secluded Victorian seaside town, a beachcomber as well.
Her latest book, The Very Clever Bee has just won a gold medal at the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in the US. A quote from Moonbeam is as follows: ‘The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading. The Awards recognise and reward the best of these books and bring them to the attention of parents, booksellers, librarians – and to children themselves.’
The first book which Felicity illustrated was You and Me, Murrawee, written by Kerri Hashmi and published by Penguin in 1998. It tells the story of a young Aboriginal girl called Murrawee, playing along a river.
Some other books are below, but do have a look at her website. You are in for a treat. https://www.felicitymarshall.com
Other places to view and read more about Felicity and her work:
Books Illustrated – Behind the Studio Door – https://www.booksillustrated.com.au/btsd/btsd-felicity-marshall-july-2021.html
There is also a great podcast by Bob Chaundy, London Art Reviewer – https://consideringart.com/2021/10/04/considering-art-podcast-felicity-marshall-painter-and-illustrator/