Charnelle Pinkney Barlow was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, NY. Growing up, she was surrounded by art daily. Her passion for illustration grew after being introduced to the wonderful world of watercolor. Whatever she’s drawing is usually a dead giveaway as to what she’s currently obsessed with (did someone say donuts?). She received her BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and her MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Charnelle currently lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband. When she’s not drawing, she is baking, sewing or reading with a cup of tea by her side.
Awards / Honors
- 2021, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Literary Work Nomination – Just Like a Mama