Jerianne Van Dijk, Illustrator

Jerianne Van Dijk

Jerianne Van Dijk

Working in watercolor, gouache, ink and crayon, with attention to mood and light, Jerianne Van Dijk’s painting style is realistic and impressionistic. When it comes to illustration, her medium use entails a grand variety of techniques and materials and ranges from whimsical to detailed and classic.

Jerianne has lived in the Northern California foothills for 30 years and her work is often born of the unique charm and inspiration of the Gold Country.  Jerianne is primarily self-taught and is inspired by regular collaborations with professional artists and workshops with master artists and illustrators.

Her designs include the label art for Indian Springs Vineyards, Lost Coast Brewery, Tomaso’s Dressings, and the Zap wine organization, as well as pieces for calendars, books, children books, puzzles, CD covers, posters, and a variety of products available nationally and internationally.

"Summer's Eve" by Jerianne Van Dijk

Watercolors by Jerianne Van Dijk

"Summer's Eve"

She has worked as a ghost artist for designers creating their “look”, producing everything from wallpapers to textiles, including figurines, fabrics, and dishware.

Murals and wall trims have been commissioned in and around Grass Valley, Sacramento, and Truckee for everything from restaurants to bedrooms! She especially enjoys working on commissions with clients to find those special elements they seek, then bringing the process together to a completed vision.

Jerianne holds a yearly Open Studio in October. See www.openstudiostour.org for details. Recently she was invited as one of 26 artists around the world to celebrate the 25th Year of Arts at El Minia University, Egypt.

Jerianne is also well known for her weekly radio program on KVMR FM – www.kvmr.org. Tune in on Friday Mornings from 7-10am PST. Click HERE to listen online.

  • The Emma Lea Books

Book Reviews

This is a wonderful story of a little girl's dream with the magic lamp. To my delight, it combines fantasy with family values and reality. My granddaughter loves it. ~ ~ ~ Marianne Kummell
Both the watercolors and the well thought out story are beautifully done. I liked the fact that Emma Lea's best friend is a boy. I appreciated that logical explanations were given to the little girl for the wishes being "granted" and how she realizes the teapot not actually being "magic" didn't make it any less "special". ~ ~ ~ K. Lio
This book takes a look at tranquility, purity, harmony, and respect taught through the experiences of the Chanoyu tea ceremony. I know that this book will be infused into the study my students do of the Japanese culture. Once again the author and illustrator together have created a beautiful keepsake book for children. ~ ~ ~ J. Gilmour
This story brings to life family traditions and the value of giving 'real' and meaningful gifts from the heart. It also shows the importance of family in creating great moments in a child's life. I read this to my 5 year old niece, and both she and her mother were captivated by the story. ~ ~ ~ Carol Scuderi
This is a very special book about family traditions, bonding and growing up. The story of Emma Lea is delightful. If you like Fancy Nancy, you will love Emma Lea. ~ ~ ~ Jill Vanderwood
Babette Donaldson tells this story with a beauty and sparseness that mimics the rituals of the ceremony and Jerianne Van Dijk illustrates the scenes with an impressionistic style, drawing the reader into the folds of Emma Lea's kimono and into the tea house with purity, tranquility, and harmony. ~ ~ ~ Ginger Manley
I really enjoyed this book with my little girl because I felt it introduced children to "helping out" and lets them know just because we have to do chores and make preparations, even for tea parties, that it doesn't mean we can't have fun while doing so and the biggest lesson to be learned from Emma Lea's Tea With Daddy is that spending time together is the most important gift of all!
I read Emma Lea's Tea Party and was immediately moved to send it to my niece Emma. She is 4 years old. She absolutely loves the book and thinks it is about her. Such a beautiful tale with illustrations to match. A little girl can weave fantasies about this book. I can hardly wait until the next Emma Lea book! ~ ~ ~ Penny Hastings
Oh, I do love these books. They are perfect for an afternoon read with a cuddly grandchild. Lots of information and the art work is enchanting. ~ ~ ~ Judy Wright

Author, Babette Donaldson

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