We are excited to partner with Peggy Jo Ackley, in the newest edition of our Color Together Activity Book. Peggy is a talented illustrator and designer originally from Woodland, California – the hometown of Matchbook owner, Lane Giguiere! Her garden and nature-themed illustrations are the perfect addition to our books that were designed to keep you busy during this time. We hope you enjoy coloring together with your loved ones while sipping on your favorite Matchbook wines!
Peggy began her career as a greeting card designer for a small paper company in Illinois. After four years, she started her own studio and began licensing her designs into other product categories such as gifts, fabrics, and housewares. She is probably best known as the illustrator of the “Bitty Bear” book series for the American Girl Company.
Peggy has a great love of pattern and a keen sense of detail, as demonstrated by her fine hand. For her illustration, she usually works to product size, most frequently in gouache or colored pencil, with a subtle ink outline. Favorite subject matter includes sweetly whimsical animals, nostalgic toys, and detailed renderings of flowers and fruits.
Always encouraged by her parents, Peggy has been drawing and painting since age 3. She was born and raised in Northern California and attended the University of California at Davis, and New York University earning a fine arts degree. She currently makes her home in Sonoma County, California.
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