I was first introduced to Johanna Wright’s art through Laini Taylor’s blog and subsequently found Johanna’s Etsy store where I became completely enamored with her artwork. Her paintings are often saturated with warmth, even when she uses cool tones, and depict whimsical, magical scenes like people living in trees, flying whales carrying baskets of people, and mice traveling by hot air balloon. Last year I was reintroduced to Johanna’s work when I read New York public librarian Betsy Bird’s glowing review of her picture book The Secret Circus where Ms. Bird wrote “Reading this book is like taking a trip to a world that you are desperately afraid you might wake up from.”… Read the rest
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