My name is Jeff Brunner and I live in Pittsburgh. During the day I work as a college librarian and at night and on weekends I make pictures.
In 2010, after not doing art for about 11 years, I decided to make an alphabet book for my niece, Sophie. The book is called Armadillo to Zebu: an Alphabet Book for You and Me Too and it was self-published in 2012. Afraid to lose the creative momentum, I also started an illustration-a-day project, 365 Critters, around that time.
Since then I've been able to exhibit work and participate in art markets, including the Westmoreland Museum of American Art's @rt30, Pittsburgh's Handmade Arcade, and Renegade Craft Fair in Austin, Texas.
In 2014 I was awarded an Emerging Artist scholarship at the Three Rivers Arts Festival and a portfolio award at the Western PA Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference.
Currently, I am working on several projects: building clay forms of my illustrated creatures for an event at the Union Project this spring; a year-long daily art project that’s shared publicly using social media and through exhibitions; and I am contributing images to a anthology showcasing the work of area artists.