I’m known for creating thoughtful, intuitive and conceptual illustrations. I live in Toronto with my husband and cat, am an associate professor at Sheridan College and travel as often as I can.

My work has been recognized and seen in these awards annuals multiple times; the Society of Illustrators (NY), Communication Arts, 3x3, American Illustration, SILA. Featured in the book "100 Illustrators", as chosen by Steven Heller. I was honoured with a gold medal in 2010, from the Society of Illustrators in New York.

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The New York Times, CBC Television, Nautilus, Scientific American, (O)prah Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Colloquy (Harvard), Chatelaine, MORE, Middlebury, Stanford, The Walrus, The Baffler, UCLA, Johns Hopkins… Random House, Penguin, Mondadori, Chronicle Books, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, Mud Puppy/Galison, Illustoria Magazine... Lots and lots.

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Further to that...

In 2009 I illustrated my first picture book for Henry Holt Books and Co., named 'An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers' , now in its 3rd printing. At this time I am actively working to do more picture books!

  • A Junior Library Guild selection

  • ALA notable

  • California Reading Association Eureka! Honor Book Award

  • 2009 Smithsonian Notable Book

  • 2011 Red Clover Award Nominee (Vermont Picture Books)

  • 2012 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee

Praise for An Eye for Color

“* Spare, engaging text paired with striking gouache illustrations make this book a perfect choice for aspiring young artists.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“An accessible and lively introduction to this artist and to color theory.” —Publishers Weekly

“An expanded biographical spread and comprehensive glossary with a color wheel greatly enhance this unusual effort, which closes with hands-on projects that explore color theory.” —Booklist

“[A] sophisticated and engaging account of an artist and color theorist.… Strikingly illustrated by the award-winning graphic artist Breckenreid (in an admirable picture-book debut) and supported by terrific, inclusive backmatter, this will prove a must-have for museum shops as well as school and public libraries hungry for handsome and unique art books.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Breckenreid's paintings illuminate the story . . . always employing her subject's preferred flat colors and geometric shapes.” —The Horn Book, Starred Review


Contact Info

Toronto, Ontario Canada


+1 (416) 500-6943