Gerald Kelley received his BFA in studio drawing and has worked as an editorial illustrator before focusing solely on children's publishing. He illustrated documentarian Ken Burns' New York Times best-selling children's book, Grover Cleveland, Again! He also illustrated The Legend of the Jersey Devil, by Trinka Hakes Noble, My Name is Bob by James Bowen & Garry Jenkins (a picture book prequel to the New York Times bestseller A Street Cat Named Bob), and M is for Monster: A Fantastic Creatures Alphabet by former U.S. Children's Poet Laureate, J. Patrick Lewis. 
Gerald lives in Colorado.

Clients

Penguin Random House
Simon & Schuster
Faber & Faber
Scholastic

Oxford University Press
Macmillan
McGraw-Hill
Highlights
Albert Whitman & Co.

Pearson
Hachette
Miles Kelly Publishing
Sleeping Bear Press
Barrington Stoke
Six Red Marbles
Carlton Publishing
Templar Publishing

I had the pleasure of working with Gerald Kelley on Grover Cleveland, Again!—a 96-page fully illustrated picture book by Ken Burns. Like most high-profile titles, this one came with a lot of scrutiny, a crunched timeline, and creative input from multiple voices. Gerald navigated these challenges with grace and professionalism. Throughout the course of the project he communicated his status frequently, incorporated changes quickly, and always delivered on time. The end result—44 full-spread paintings, infused with emotion and intelligent visual narrative—is simply stunning. I would absolutely work with Gerald again.
— Katrina Damkoehler, Senior Designer, Random House Children’s Books US
It has been an absolute pleasure working with Gerald. He embraced the fast turnaround of the project and delivered superb artwork on schedule at every stage of the book. Gerald’s friendly-yet-professional nature ensured we developed a strong working relationship early on, and we felt confident that the project was in safe hands. An outstanding artist, Gerald is gifted with the ability to create wonderful atmosphere in his illustration through his clever composition and gorgeous use of colour. This is complimented by his excellent draughtsmanship, which brings a great energy to his artwork. We couldn’t have been happier with the end result – thank you, Gerald!
— Abi Luffman, Senior Designer, Random House Children's Books UK
Working with Gerald was an absolute pleasure. His communication was great, he interpreted our (very pedantic) brief marvellously and was even happy to keep tweaking his work until we were happy. The end result is a very beautiful book which we know the market will love.
— Alison Wright, Managing Editor, Oxford University Press
Macmillan were absolutely thrilled with Gerald’s artwork and have commissioned him to work on subsequent projects. I would have absolutely no hesitation in working with Gerald again, he’s an incredibly talented illustrator who works quickly and accurately to very tight schedules without ever compromising the quality of his artwork.
— Deb Murray, Editorial Designer, Macmillan Publishers
Gerald has done work for Penguin in the past and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with him on a few projects. He is very easy to work with and his attention to detail is amazing. We were able to bounce ideas off one another and come up with something better than originally thought. His artwork has a playfulness about it that is very appealing to a variety of different topics. I would work with Gerald in a heartbeat. He is one of my favorite Illustrators to collaborate with.
— Michael Caputo, Art Director, Penguin Publishers
Gerald has worked with Miles Kelly Publishing on a number of different projects, from cover artworks to a host of inside illustrations. He is definitely one of our favourite artists. Gerald’s illustrations are always full of fun, detail and imagination, and they bring stories and characters to life. He is also fantastic to work with, happy to follow detailed briefs and take in tweaks when necessary. Gerald is incredibly hard-working and always delivers artworks of the highest quality, often to very tight schedules.
— Sarah Parkin, Senior Editor, Miles Kelly Publishing