Julie Paschkis was born in Pennsylvania and attended Germantown Friends School, Ringerike Folkehogskole in Norway, Cornell University and the School for American Craftsmen at RIT. She taught art to grade school children for about 8 years. During that time she continued to work on her own art and illustration. In 1991 she stopped teaching to commit herself to doing art full time. That art includes painting, illustration, and illustrating children's books. All of it is connected to storytelling. Rachel Rodriguez was born in Michigan. She has worked as a restaurant busgirl, a medical guinea pig, and a 7-11 Slurpee machine syrup refiller. She was the voice of Hellman's Mayonnaise for Argentinean commercials screening at Cannes Film Festival. She's also answered phones at a Dublin public relations firm. As a park ranger in Olympic National Park, she climbed to the jaw-dropping summit of Mt. Olympus, flew in a helicopter searching to rescue lost hikers and picked up campers' trash in the woods. Nowadays, Rachel is busy writing more books. From her San Francisco home, she enjoys the 20-minute bike ride through Golden Gate Park to the sea.
Gr 1-4-O'Keeffe's visual voice was unique and bold for a woman born in 1887. Rodriguez gently tells this inspirational artist's story, not with hard facts on a rigid time line, but with quiet simplicity. The book begins with her childhood in Wisconsin and art school, then moves on to the canyons of the city and finally out to the expanses of Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. The influence of place on O'Keeffe is evident in the brief text. Using short, strong sentences and phrases, the author emphasizes the artist's creative force. Paschkis extends the words with the visual simplicity of colorful, cut-paper collages. These beautiful works capture the artist's style and the essence of specific works. Readers will feel the openness of Wisconsin's rolling prairie as well as the confines of art-school rooms and city canyons. The bold shapes of flowers, skulls, and mountains successfully bring the renowned artist's influence into this picture book. The clarity of text and illustrations gives it potential for group enjoyment and individual inspiration. A closing page offers several additional paragraphs on the woman's life.-Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Lyrical and vivid, this is a portrait of an exceptional artist, a woman whose eyes were open to the wonders of the world. www.bettybookmark.co.uk This is a child's introduction to early twentieth-century American artist, Georgia O'Keeffe... the text is minimal, thoughtful and all the more powerful for this. Books for Keeps Poetic, lyrical and vivid. INIS