Author-illustrator Lucky Platt creates books for children in her lakeside rural Maine studio, where she lives with her artist husband and a new puppy. She works with a range of traditional art mediums, often in eclectic combos – oils with colored pencil, paper sculpture painted with gouache and printed using stamps and pochoir. Her stories explore themes of resilience, healing, positive self expression and inclusion.
Lucky has presented art and writing workshops for children and adults through the Maine Crafts Association, Schoodic Arts for All, the Maine Arts Commission and Rockland Public Library, and has shown her artwork in galleries and non-traditional/unexpected art spaces in Maine and New York. In early 2020, she left her work as an arts administrator to devote all of her time to writing and illustrating. Imagine a Wolf (Page Street Kids, January 2021) is her debut picture book. AhhhhOOOOoooooohh!!
Lucky is a two-time recipient of an Individual Artist Project Grant from the Maine Arts Commission (2016, 2020), a two-time recipient of an Anderson Ranch Art Center scholarship (2019, 2020), and a recipient of an Ox-Bow Artists’ Residency scholarship for printmaking (2004). She studied painting, drawing and printmaking at Vassar College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Complutense City University of Madrid, and has enriched her craft with workshops at the Maine Women Writers’ Collection, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Farnsworth Art Museum and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts among others.