Profile: Rosalie Orlando Hatch

Rosalie Orlando Hatch was born in New York City and feels lucky to have grown up near a beautiful park. It was a great place to play, and later became a great place to do landscape painting. She attended the High School of Art and Design and Queens College of the City University of New York.

Still in New York City and close to a park, she lives with her family and spends time in the nearby woods where butterflies are easy to spot. Within walking distance is a farm, with animals who were very helpful in making the pictures for The I Love You More Book.

Rosalie works mostly with colored pencil, graphite, silverpoint, and block prints and loves to draw on various slips of "scrap" paper, such as used computer paper, old envelopes, and discarded packaging cardboard.

The first book she illustrated was I Didn't Want to be Nice by Penelope Jones. Her work has been shown in and around New York City and she curated an exhibit on handwriting as art in collaboration with some friends. Another recent collaboration was with her daughter, illustrating a "Completely Incomprehensive Field Guide to Edible, Medicinal and Otherwise Provisional Plants" found in her local community.

Growing up, she was fortunate to be around letterforms that she could actually touch and feel, and ink that she could smell, in her father's letterpress print shop. In one way or another, marks on paper have always been fascinating for her. If you wish to leave her a few fascinating marks of your own, you can contact Rosalie by email at, or visit her Goodreads profile.

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