Hello! I’m Deborah Hocking, a children’s illustrator living in my lovely hometown of Portland, Oregon.

I studied art in college, but it wasn’t until a professor introduced me to Lisbeth Zwerger’s The Gift of the Magi that I knew I wanted to be a picture book illustrator. It was the most beautiful book I’d ever seen, and it made me want to be part of that magical world of children’s illustration.

My path to realizing that dream was long and circuitous, including six terrific years working at a retreat center in France as chief cook and bottle washer (literally and figuratively), but now I have the incredible privilege of spending my days drawing for children, chasing magic.

Represented by Lori Kilkelly with Rodeen Literary Management. For illustration inquiries, please contact Lori@rodeenliterary.com.

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