Greetings! My name is Jesse White. I am an illustrator and artist creating whimsical, wonder-filled drawings that explore the power of children and nature, a focus that stems from my background in education and life-long fascination with the natural world.
A proud Tar Heel, I graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BFA in Studio Art. After attending Virginia Commonwealth University to earn my master’s degree in Art Education, I taught art in DC Public Schools for four years. A move to the west coast prompted me to pursue dreams of being a freelance illustrator. I specialize in illustration and hand lettering for children’s literature, and artwork to enrich the spaces in which children learn and grow.
I grew up in rural North Carolina, in a house that doubled as a studio, near a tiny river. Most of my time was spent drawing and walking in the woods. Drawing and taking walks are still my favorite activities, but I now live in Oakland, California in an apartment that doubles as a studio, near Lake Merritt. When I’m not drawing, I love to cook and eat delicious vegan food, get lost in produce at the farmer’s market, and go on city runs with my dog.