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From stranded mermaids and flying camels to golden statues and dancing princesses, Jane Ray's distinctive style has established her as a successful picture book artist, recognised in Britain, Europe and the U.S.
Known mainly for her books for children, Jane has also designed greetings cards, posters and bookjackets.
Jane has worked with many authors, including Michael Rosen, Jeanette Winterson, Carol Ann Duffy and Vikram Seth. Her work is published by Walker Books, Orchard Books, Bloomsbury, and Frances Lincoln, amongst others. She has also worked for The Folio Society and the Eden Project and recently produced a series of christmas cards for UNICEF (due Christmas 2011).include($_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'].'/news/newscache.php'); ?>
Jane lives in North London with her husband (conductor David Temple) and their three children Clara, Ellie and Joe. She works in a studio at the end of the garden. She enjoys music, reading, gardening and general domesticity, and the company of friends, family and the two cats.
Jane actively supports The Art Room, a project that creates specialist Art Rooms in schools. These creative havens are to benefit children who are at risk of being excluded from mainstream school for various reasons. During their time in the Art Room the children work one-to-one or two on creative projects aimed at building self esteem and confidence. She was also involved with In The Picture, a lottery funded project in partnership with SCOPE which aimed to promote the inclusion of disability in childrens picture books and fiction. The project produced an image bank to help illustrators be more inclusive in their work.
Listen to a recent podcast interview with Jane at www.justonemorebook.com.
Work on the images for The Nightingale Project continues. Jane is also involved with The Foundling Museum planning a picture book which uses Widgit signs for children for whom reading is difficult. `The Lost Happy Endings` by Carol Ann Duffy was dramatised by Birmingham Mac Theatre for Christmas 2010 and used Janes illustrations as the basis of the stage designs. And in a totally new departure she has designed some fabric for Liberty Art Fabrics.
There are lots of exciting new books in the pipeline including - The Greek Myths, Cinderella and The Twelve Days of Christmas, which will be published in time for Christmas 2011. Jane is also working on a series for Boxer Books with black and white `Scraperboard` illustrations.
There is an article about Jane in Carousel Magazine (issue 46) `Working From Home`.