An illustration of the liberal arts

Wheaton alumna and children’s author and illustrator Nicole Tadgell is the subject of an in-depth interview by author Lori Calabrese who writes a blog about the art of creating children’s books.

Tadgell has illustrated several picture books for trade and educational publishers, including the Américas Award–winning Josias, Hold the Book. Her most recent book is No Mush Today.

While at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, Nicole studied studio art and education, hoping to become an art teacher. But she recalled how much fun it was to draw her own stories, and concluded that illustrating children’s books could be the right path. Today, Nicole has fourteen books and numerous educational pieces published. Her expressive watercolors depict lively children, fantasy, and nature. In addition to illustrating children’s books, Nicole is a graphic artist for an advertising agency in Worcester, MA, where she has illustrated many pieces of collateral, ads, annual reports, and other marketing-related documents.

Source: Lori Calabrese Writes!