Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer Nelson, Founder + Agent

Jennifer Nelson, Founder + Agent

I love my job!

I love art and people! It makes sense that I went into this business. Since I was 12 years old I’ve wanted to work in and around art. First as a graphic designer and now as an agent for some of my favorite illustrators, I love what I do. What drives me is the creative energy of solving problems. The anticipation of upcoming projects keeps me charged. Maintaining relationships with both my clients and my artists makes me feel connected. I want to make you happy and keep my small roster of artists busy, so we can all enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done. I’ll bring that same 12-year-old enthusiasm to each and every project – promise.

Anisa Makhoul:

My name is Anisa Makhoul I’m the daughter of a Lebanese beekeeper, and I love to travel. 

After graduating from Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a degree in Printmaking, I launched my own clothing label, Makool. I designed and screen printed clothing and fabric at Makool, for 10 years, in that time I had my own shop in Portland, Oregon and received accolades from major publications like Lucky Magazine, Nylon, and Design Sponge, as well as designing for multiple celebrities.

However, after giving birth to my son, my husband and I decided to pursue our dream of living abroad and moved to Amsterdam. It was the canal houses and the old world beauty of Europe that sent me peddling, on my bike, to the art supply store to purchase my very first set of gouache paints. Soon after, I started a blog, and in 2014, I had my very first solo show in Amsterdam.  Things began to snowball and I began doing editorial work, and licensing my work.

Today my family and I live in sunny Portland, Oregon, Europe will always have my heart and I return frequently. Here’s my journey communicated visually, because visual communication is my mother tongue. 

Bee Brown:

I am a U.K based illustrator who, when I get the chance, love to much inspiration comes from being some place new and I've been super lucky enough to visit such places as Indonesia, the U.S.A, Egypt & many places in Europe. I've also spent a super happy time in my life living just outside of Paris. When I get the chance I'd love to visit Amsterdam and when I do, my sketchbook & camera will be firmly in tow.

In a previous life I have worked for IPC Magazines, Harper Collins Children's Books and Papyrus to name a few...In the future I would love to create for Land of Nod, Crate & Barrel, Chronicle Books & Psikhouvanjou. I love being an illustrator and being able to draw & make from inside my little creative bubble brings me great's my happy place where thoughts and dreams fuse to make ideas flow. 

Other things that bring me joy are eating lemons and chocolate, drinking tea, sushi, design books, beautiful stories, hand-drawn lettering, learning new things and anything fun and quirky. I also love unusual colour combinations and favourite colours right now are mustard and turquoise. 

Jennifer Orkin Lewis: August Wren on Instagram

I am a freelance illustrator based in a beautiful little village outside of New York City. I'm known for my daily sketchbook and the style I've developed while creating it. I paint a 30 minute painting a day and the looseness and intuitiveness of those paintings have become my signature. They are inspired by the everyday small things I see, from a bird, a teacup to a large crowd. I mostly paint with gouache but I happily throw in some acrylic, ink, and pencil into the mix. I spent many years after graduating from RISD as a textile stylist designing prints for children's clothing and lingerie. Clients include Abrams Noterie, Abrams Books, Kate Spade Home, teNeues, Seal Press, Flow Magazine, Design House Greetings, and many more. Interviews and press: Lisa Congdon's Blog, Design Observer, Flow Magazine, Smart Creative Women Podcast, Uppercase Magazine and Uppercase Compendium.

JIll Howarth:

Originally from Pennsylvania but now a New Englander living just west of Boston, I’m a freelance illustrator with a degree in graphic design. After graduating from Penn State University, I took a design job at a large toy company and eventually became an art director in their preschool toys division. Somewhere along the way, I started drawing cute stuff and I soon realized that I liked doing that more than straight design work. I love working with hand lettering, color and fun characters, generally producing everything within Adobe Illustrator. I’m a big fan of mid-century design, particularly children's books. I try to make every job fun with the hopes that my work will put a smile on your face! My clients have included Running Press Kids, Scholastic Press, Psikhouvanjou, Cottage Door Press, Peaceable Kingdom, Hallmark, American Greetings, Klutz, Pottery Barn Teen and more.

Kelly Angelovic:

Being an illustrator lights me up. It makes my soul sparkle. I have always been creative—my mother was a graphic designer, so I grew up in a household where artistic endeavors were encouraged. After attending school for business (Colorado) and graphic design (Seattle), I established my studio in 2008. It wasn’t until my daughter was born in 2011 though, that I fell head over heels in love with the art of image making. Specializing in surface pattern design, lettering, and illustration, I am grateful every day (even the hard ones) to have the opportunity to follow the whispers (and bellows) of my heart and soul. When I'm not playing in my studio, I can often be found enjoying all that Colorado has to offer with my family.

My work has been featured on products sold at JoAnn Fabrics and Trader Joe's, and my current client list includes Papyrus, Robert Kaufman, Oopsy Daisy, and Design House Greetings.

Lauren Lowen:

Since graduating from the Illustration Department at The Rhode Island School of Design, my artwork has appeared in magazines, on book covers, and even as stickers! I taught Illustration at both Montserrat College of Art and RISD before starting a new chapter working in the gift and stationery industry. Currently, I live with my husband in Nashville, TN, creating whimsical illustrations and surface design for a variety of markets including editorial, publishing and licensing. You can find me currently teaching at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film and probably eating sushi. Clients include Scholastic Press, Galison/ Mudpuppy Press, Demdaco, Cricket Magazine, Williams-Sonoma, Girls' Life Magazine, Department 56, and Utne Reader. If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be? I think part of me would love to be a chef. What do you like to read? I find myself reading a lot of biographies by comedians. Where would you like to travel to next? Tokyo! I have been there twice and would love to return ASAP. What movie have you seen several times? A Fish Called Wanda. What is your favorite food? Sushi!

Miriam Bos:

Hi there, my name is Miriam Bos. I am an illustrator and pattern designer from the Netherlands who loves creating art that brings a smile to your face. My last name ‘Bos’, is Dutch for ‘Forest’.  I am a big lover of nature. We live in Apeldoorn, a city that is surrounded by forest and heide. On sunny days I love making long bicycle trips with my husband while exploring the area.

I started out as an illustrator of children’s books & magazines. In 2012, I jumped into pattern design and put my heart into developing new illustrations and surface designs for a whole different market. I am now a fabric designer with Birch Fabrics and have two fabric collections on my name. I specialize in both traditional and digital techniques and like to mix them together, which gives my artwork a distinct & quirky style.

Clients include Cottage Door Press, Campbell Books, Design House Greetings, Flow magazine, Auzou, Transavia Airlines, Crocodile Creek, American Greetings, Birch Fabrics, and many more.

Hello, my name is Rachel Grant, I am a freelance artist based in North Staffordshire in the UK. I live and work in an old Victorian terraced house in an area that is well known for its rich potteries heritage. It is this love of history, time-worn surfaces and the consistency of the natural world around them that inspires and informs my work. I dream of one day living off-grid in an old cottage by the sea, embracing a life of slow, peaceful living and my illustrations are often a glimpse of that world.

I incorporate a range of media in my artwork, depending on the end use. These can include drawing, painting, collage and print - bringing them together digitally at the end. When I am not at my desk working, you will find me knitting, gardening, baking bread, sewing clothes or snuggled under blankets watching great films.

Rae Ritchie:

In 2006, I started out in the fashion industry, designing women’s and kids fashion accessories for major retailers. It was creative, but I most felt alive while creating prints and graphics for these products. I was always painting on the side so decided to continue on, focusing in fabric design and illustration for greeting cards, stationary, gifts and apparel.

My watercolor and gouache creations are created in a sunny little room in my home. I'm greatly inspired by the lushness of nature, classic children's books and old photographs. I live with my husband and our cat Smeagol in Minneapolis, MN.

Clients include Dear Stella Design, Oopsy Daisy, Where the Polka Dots Roam, Manhatten Toy Company, Creative Apparel Concepts, and more.


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