New Paintings

I’m going to having an exhibition at the lovely Antipodes bookshop and gallery in June, and it’s inspired me to try a new process to create some colourful paintings. Refreshing for me who normally watercolours everything to be splattering bright acrylics around!  Here are some works in progress… Details of the exhibition to be posted soon. 



Smile Cry Launch

It’s almost the release month for my first two picture books and I’m so excited. To mark the occasion, next Saturday, April 9th at 2pm please join myself and the lovely people at The Little Bookroom to launch Smile Cry (you can grab a free ticket to the event here). I have a verrrrry special guest Claire Hollingsworth who will be performing some of her amazing tunes, and there will be smiley baked goods care of wonder chef and photographer Penny Lane and characters brought to life by the talented Bear and Sparrow. Below… Image from the book, written by Tania McCartney – she’s one amazing lady – and published by EK Books.


The Midnight Possum

 Also out in April is my second ever picture book, The Midnight Possum – published by Scholastic and written by the amazing Sally Morgan. Gosh I’m a lucky lady having my first two books released the same month! Can’t wait to see them on the shelves….  

Smile Cry

Excitement brewing as my very first picture book, written by the clever Tania McCartney and published by the fine folk at EK books, is released in under a month.  Stay tuned for Melbourne launch details (April 9 at the Little Bookroom) but in the mean time here is our cover!  


The finale! 

The final for my five weeks of home decor creating is themed around wood products – with a focus on textured and the baby world. It’s been a really great course and I’ve loved learning new ways of doing things, as well as seeing the incredible work my classmates have created.  


More Decor!

Week 3 – glass and patterns and week 4- ceramic and typography have taught me a thing or two about pushing myself vs going with the flow, playing with more colour and having a lot of fun imagining up products. One more week to go – it’s been intense but great! 


Week 2: Fabric

Week 2 of the Home Decor class I am taking is on Fabric, so very well adapted to anything illustrative. Once again I am working with soft colours (but got a bit braver this week) and focused on a kid’s bedroom… Or I would possibly sneak a few of these items into my room too! These take ages but I’m finding the experience, especially of mocking things up, really invaluable to really see what works (for me at least!).JESS_RACKLYEFT_FLOWERMOUNTAINBABY_HD2_WEEK2

Home Decor – Metal

In a bid to learn new tricks and create some different work I’m now doing a five week intensive on home decor, the first week being a metal based line for baby rooms. Looking forward to learning a lot and hopefully not having toooo many late nights!