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Janet Morgan Stoeke
Janet Morgan Stoeke's work as an author and
illustrator began with a dream. She woke up
remembering a chicken sitting on her windowsill. A
month later, when she became aware of a children's
book contest, she knew that the image from her dream
was the kernel of an idea she wanted to use for a
story. Minerva Louise, her blithe, funny hen was born in
the wee hours as she juggled graduate school and full
time work at a magazine. Just barely making the
deadline for the contest, her submission beat out all
the others and won her a publishing contract.
Her fine art paintings have a seriousness that belies
this well-documented comedic streak. A new series
named "Solace" documents and honors skies and
other long views that have helped people in times of
She holds creativity workshops, classes and open
studio hours; drawing in artists from the community
affords lively and profound creative interaction.
Ms Stoeke appears at conferences, schools and
libraries to talk about her books. (see School Visits)
She meets with seniors who would like help with their
college essays. (see Well Chosen Words)
And she paints.
Children's Book Author and Illustrator
Minerva Louise has been in print for 25 years
This is from "Letting Go" in the
Loopy Coop series for emergent
Ease, 36 X 30 inches, acrylic. 2012
Distinct Approaches, 36 X 40 inches, oil. 2010
Solace, 30 X 40 inches, oil. 2013
Independent Living, April, 24 X 30 inches, oil.