Jean Cassels teaches drawing, painting, and illustrating classes at New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. In addition to illustrating more than sixty natural history titles, she has provided the images for numerous award-winning children’s books.
Inspired by her curiosity for nature, Cassels began drawing animals at a young age. After studying at Eastern Michigan University, she attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois School of Art & Design, where she received a BA in studio arts. She has also taken master classes in figure drawing with Auseklis Ozols, the founder, director, and senior instructor at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts.
Cassels has received such honors as the Golden Kite Award for Best Illustrated Children’s Book, the LSU Giverny Award, the Colorado Children’s Book Award, and a SIBA Book Award, among others. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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