Kelley is an illustrator living in Washington. A homeschool alumni, at the age of 6 she won "Best of Show" in her church's art show for her depiction of Abraham about to sacrifice Isaac. Kelley received a BA in Japanese at San Jose State University and studied abroad in Japan for a semester. She received her MFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University. In 2013 Kelley won the SCBWI Student Illustrator Scholarship. Her other full-time job is being a mother to two daughters. You can read more about Kelley and her process at her blog.

Partial client list:

  • Abrams Books
  • American Girl
  • Del Rey Books
  • Disney Hyperion
  • HarperCollins (US & UK)
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Highlights magazine
  • Lifeway
  • MacMillan
  • Penguin Random House
  • Scholastic

Specialities and Interests

  • Book covers
  • Japanese language and culture
  • Historically accurate costumes
  • Weird cults
  • Ghosts that are scary but also pretty
  • Baking
  • Broadway musicals
  • Interior design
  • Star Trek: the Original Series


Kelley is represented by Tamara Shannon at Shannon Associates.

For non-inquiries, you can email Kelley at

Self-published authors: Feel free to email me regarding possible commissions. Please have information regarding your deadline, budget, a basic description of your book and what kind/how many illustrations you need. For more information, check out my blog post 10 Tips on how to Email Illustrators!