Art From Her Heart: Folk Artist Clementine Hunter

Art From Her Heart: Folk Artist Clementine Hunter



A picture book biography of the remarkable folk artist Clementine Hunter.

Can you imagine being an artist who isn’t allowed into your own show? That’s what happened to folk artist Clementine Hunter. Her paintings went from hanging on her clothesline to hanging in museums, yet because of the color of her skin, a friend had to sneak her in when the gallery was closed.

With lyrical writing and striking illustrations, this picture book biography introduces kids to a self-taught artist whose paintings captured scenes of backbreaking work and joyous celebrations of southern farm life. They preserve a part of American history we rarely see and prove that art can help keep the spirit alive.


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About the Author

Kathy Whitehead’s interest in writing for children grew out of her elementary teaching experience. Seeing the impact and enjoyment children derived from quality children’s literature was always amazing and a delight.

Kathy’s love of history and the world around her have culminated in her own writing efforts. A visit to Melrose Plantation near Natchitoches, Louisiana, resulted in her picture book biography Art From Her Heart: Folk Artist Clementine Hunter, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons) which examines the life and art of African-American artist Clementine Hunter who lived on the plantation.

Whitehead’s picture book Looking for Uncle Louie on the Fourth of July (Boyds Mills Press) grew out of seeing low-riders in action at a Fourth of July parade in Corpus Christi, Texas, many years ago.

Kathy has served as a Regional Advisor for the Brazos Valley – Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and remains active in the group. She holds a B. A. in Education from Sam Houston State University and a M. Ed. in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University. She lives in College Station, Texas with her husband, Bill. Their daughter, Stephanie, is a college student at TAMU and son, Jeff, is a TAMU graduate and a Texas country singer-songwriter.

Have questions for Kathy Whitehead? Contact her or read some frequently asked questions.

Shane W. Evans has illustrated many acclaimed books for children including No More! Stories and Songs of Slave Resistance, a Parents’ Choice Gold  Award winner, a Child Magazine Best Book of the Year and a Horn Book Fanfare title, and Free at Last! Stories and Songs of Emancipation, an International Reading Association Teachers’ Choice selection, both by Doreen  Rappaport. He is a graduate of Syracuse University School of Visual and Performing Arts and not lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife, daughter, and two dogs.


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