Jess Racklyeft is a Melbourne based illustrator and artist creating children’s books, greeting cards, products and a variety of commissioned projects.

Working from a home studio she’s inspired by her daily life around her - creek walks with her two small kids, busy and beautiful Melbourne city, local bookshops and her community garden patch.

Primarily working with watercolour, she also paints with acrylics and oils and loves experimenting with various mediums. Her work is a playful exploration if shape, colour and nature, and can be found in homes around the world.


2006 AWARD School (Art Direction)
2004 BA Arts (Mass Communication), Curtin University
I regularly take classes of interest such as oil painting and etching intensives.


• 9 x 5 Show, group show by Illustrators Australia, Abbotsford 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
• Northern Exposure, group show, Northcote 2013
• Clouds, solo show, Dench Bakery and Gallery North Fitzroy 2013
• Winterpark, group show, Dear Patti Smith Gallery, Collingwood 2011
• 9 x 5 Emerging Artists, group show, Walker Gallery, Dandenong 2010
• Space, solo show, Dench Bakery and Gallery North Fitzroy 2009


For links to my press and images, please see my website: https://jessesmess.com/about-2/

60cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
60.5cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
56cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Watercolour Paint
31.5cm (W) x 44cm (H)
Watercolour Paint
56cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Watercolour Paint