Jeanne  Balsam Studio Site
Graphic Design, Animal Art, and the Written Word

Or ... how I got to this point of my life ... always growing, always changing and always grateful ...

I have been drawing animals since I was 5 years old, and photographing them as soon as I got my first Brownie camera at 9, taking snapshots of dogs and horses, and ducks on the local pond. My best buddy as a child was Dutchess, the pit bull terrier, (alleged Boxer), I grew up with, and who so influenced my love of all things bully.

A Fine Arts graduate of Pratt Institute, I also studied the writing and illustrating of children's books postgraduate with Uri Shulevitz at the New School. Following a circuitous route in which I became degreed as an Art Therapist and then a Psychoanalyst with my own practice, I resumed my art career as the Fund Raising Manager and Graphic Artist for the largest animal sheltering system in New Jersey. Over the next 20 years there, I gained a wealth of wonderful experience while working on my artwork at home as well. In early 2006, I took a leap of faith to grow my own business in graphic design and animal art with a plan of, at long last, returning to children's books.

It goes without saying that I have a soft spot for the bull and terrier breeds - I operated, and did all the graphics for, my own APBT rescue, Friends of Terriers, for over 12 years, and was published quarterly for over a decade in Just Frenchies magazine. But I enjoy drawing or photographing any and all types of animals. This has clearly influenced the nature of not just my artwork, but the direction of my story writing as well.

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