Artist of Color; Asian/Asian American; Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Works on paper; collage
Shelley Hanmo Qian (last name pronounced as “Chan”) is a US-based freelance illustrator specialized in creating collage art for children’s books, editorial designs and more. Born and raised in China, Shelley moved to the United States for school when she was 18. She graduated from Indiana University with a Doctor in Music and a master’s degree in arts administration and earned her name as an award-winning pianist.
In parallel to Shelley’s academic and musical accomplishments, paper art has been her creative outlet for many years. In 2019, Shelley decided to pursue her passion in illustration, hence she launched her art studio Junonia Arts to share her works with the world. Her art often features animals in nature, diverse characters, cultural stories, and imaginative plays, using mostly repurposed paper materials such as magazine pages, shopping bags, mailing catalogs, wrapping paper, etc. Through Junonia Arts, Shelley hopes to promote the awareness of reusing and upcycling while bringing joy to many others through her storytelling illustrations.
Shelley has worked with clients throughout the US, including Mighty Kind Magazine, Truly Co Magazines, United We Dream, Indianapolis Zoo, Brooklyn Art Library, Surf Shack Puzzles, Kurandza, etc. She is an active member of SCBWI, Directory of Illustration (DI), and Illustrators For Hire (IFH).