Jamichael was born in Ohio in 1954, and though his earliest memories include drawing, he doesn’t recall imagining himself an “artist” when he grew up. He did want to be a scientist, however, and still recalls trying to capture with pencil on paper the tiny wonders in his microscope or backyard.
He has illustrated over a dozen books for major publishers (one of which he authored), textbooks, and scores of greeting cards, and his work has won numerous awards throughout the country (including the WA Children’s Choice Picture Book Award). He received a BA (cum laude) in English and Secondary Ed. from WWU (1982) and he holds a WA K-12 teaching certificate (Eng. & Art endorsements).
Jamichael has worked with groups of all sizes from kindergarten through adult in schools, libraries and workplaces throughout the Northwest for over 20 years in both hands-on workshop and presentation modes. He has a WA K-12 credential and teaches Drawing and Illustration in the WWU Art Dept. He is also a volunteer firefighter/EMT in Whatcom County and spends summers manning a remote USFS fire lookout in the Central Cascades.
Books include: A Fairy Went a-Marketing; Heart of a Tiger; Young Guinevere; Forest Bright, Forest Night; Good Night, Garden Gnome. To learn more about his work, visit his website at jamichaelhenterly.com.
Jamichael has taught art in schools, libraries, and workplaces throughout the Northwest for over 20 years in both hands-on workshop and presentation modes. His work includes kindergarten through adults in groups ranging in size from classroom to 300.
Jamichael believes we are all story animals and have been telling our story with images for 50,000 years. He believes art and science are both rooted in careful observation and our skills at both disciplines, as well as our tools for telling story with pictures, can be improved through practice and training at drawing from observation.