Jackie Morris is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed writer, artist and illustrator, living and working in Pembrokeshire, Wales. She began her studies at Hereford College of Art, gaining a BA Hons in Illustration from Bath Academy of Art, before working in editorial for the New Statesman, New Internationalist, Oxfam, Country Living, Radio Times, and Greenpeace. She began working on children’s books in 1992. When producing her own artwork, Jackie often uses watercolours combined with gold leaf.
Jackie’s writing and illustrations have been widely published and in many languages. Titles that showcase her talent include How the Whale Became by Ted Hughes and The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane, the latter winning the category of ‘the most beautiful book of the year’ at the Books Are My Bag Awards, November 2017.
"I first came across the Three Hares motif when I heard a short feature on the radio. I looked up the image on the internet and discovered there was one in St Davids Cathedral in Pembrokeshire. The fascination for me lies in how the image is found across the world, back in time, adopted by so many religions. The forms are beautiful, from the Byzantine ceramics to the Christian bosses. In the days before we had such ease of communication this symbol had grown in the minds of humanity. At that time there were few, if any, modern artist working with the sign. Now there are many. Now and again people contact me to say someone is ‘copying my idea of the hares with conjoined ears’. I point out that this idea has lived for centuries. I’m still learning its shape."