From an early age Jody Wheeler developed an interest in picture books, having been influenced by her Great Aunt Opal Wheeler, a renowned author of children’s books in the 1950’s.  Aunt Opal would gift the Wheeler kids every Christmas with the entire children’s book list of her publisher, Dutton Books.

Jody followed her interest in picture books by completing a degree in studio art and art education from Elmira College.  Having graduated in a recession, she ended up working seasonally in resorts in the Adirondacks and Florida.  That lifestyle has never changed for Jody after she got into the publishing field. However, she now is based in the big city of Manhattan, NY, all the time working in the very portable medium of watercolor.

Jody has illustrated over 60 books as well as textbooks, greeting cards, keepsake books and licensed characters.