Jump In with Shadra Strickland
Early in my career I became well known for books that were emotionally charged, and introduced children to sensitive issue like drug addition, loss and segregation. The last few projects that I have completed deal with more playful and imaginative ideas. In all of my work I add a bit of magical realism to the illustrations. I do my best work when I can insert some of my own visual metaphors instead of illustrating more straightforward texts. This exhibit features work from six picture books that I have contributed to from 2008 to 2017.
Shadra Strickland studied writing, design and illustration at Syracuse University. She taught art with the Atlanta Public School System for three years before returning to New York to complete her Master of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts. Strickland currently lives in Baltimore. where she teaches illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art.