About Me

Shanda comes from a whole family of diverse creatives and entrepreneurs! She went to art school in Atlanta, Georgia, then taught high school art after graduating. After two years of teaching, Shanda and her husband spent a year in New York City so she could attend children’s book classes at the School of Visual Arts. When she returned to Georgia, she joined SCBWI through which she met her critique group and attended many conferences. Shanda experimented with watercolors under a mentorship with E.B. Lewis and has had fun using them ever since.

 
Shanda is the mother of two girls (ages 2 and 6), the wife of a web developer, and wears many hats in several of her family’s small businesses and at home. Shanda also blogs and leads kids art workshops at libraries in her community.

Shanda's Newspaper Article

Shanda McCloskey, Children's Illustrator