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Patrice Barton
Patrice Barton is an American illustrator of children’s literature. She has created the art for more than 20 books in the picture book and chapter book formats.Barton earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art at the University of Texas at Austin. Before illustrating for children, she worked as a house painter, a needlepoint designer, a copy shop technician, and a graphic designer. Her first illustration job was for the state of Texas, largely creating courtroom displays; she began freelancing during off-hours drawing for the children’s publishing market. Eventually Barton left that job and has been working for herself since then from her studio in Austin.Barton’s art for the nearly-wordless 2011 picture book MINE! by Shutta Crum is among her work that has been included in Society of Illustrators Original Art Exhibits. Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review, saying, “(Barton’s) dizzyingly expressive digitized pencil sketches seem to be everywhere at once continually reframing the action to make sure readers savor every gleefully anarchic moment.” The New York Times said, “The only words here are ‘mine’ and ‘woof’ and, along with Patrice Barton’s dynamic and impeccably cute illustrations, they convey all. ... a delightful example of the drama and emotion that a nearly wordless book can convey.”The Invisible Boy, written by Trudy Ludwig and illustrated by Barton, was included in The Children’s Book Review Best Kids Picture Books of 2013 and BuzzFeed’s 13 Children’s Books That Encourage Kindness Toward Others. The book was also adapted into a musical theater production by the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, with sets based on Barton’s illustrations. Kirkus Reviews said of Barton’s artwork: “Tender illustrations rendered in glowing hues capture Brian’s isolation.”
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