Illustrator, surface designer and sometimes author Jill McDonald is known for her color packed, playful art.
She received a BFA with a textile major from Rhode Island School of Design.
She has been navigating a freelance art career since 2004 with her husband & business partner Antonio. (An architect in his previous life)
Jill has years of experience working on a wide array of products including kids and baby bedding, fabric and scrapbooking collections, puzzles, games, greeting cards, and books. She is the author/ illustrator of the popular early learning series Hello, World! which continues to grow.
Jill’s fun, whimsical art creates a happy feeling & she is often told “It brought a smile to my face”. Jill enjoys bringing a touch of education to her art when she can & considers herself to be a curious lifelong learner.
Being dyslexic, Jill has always visited the pictures on the page first to cue her brain on the story in hand. This gives her a special understanding about the power of a picture. We all learn differently!
Studying an image provides a gateway to enter the words that accompany it.
Although Jill’s art is bright & breezy, she takes her job as an illustrator seriously & knows what a gift it is to share art with others. She enjoys adding texture and little details to her art that can be revisited time & time again with the intent that you might discover something new!
Nestled on the third floor of her home she works out of her sun-drenched studio designed by Antonio. The two are parents of a growing teen son, Luca and one sweet but stinky French Bulldog, Sophie. (Both have appeared in Jill’s art)
Pottery Barn Kids
Penguin Random House (Double Day Books)
Some past and current clients:
Design House Greetings
Peter Pauper Press