LaTonya R. Jackson was born and raised in the rural outskirts of Jonesboro, Louisiana, to which she attributes her artistic background and early influences. She received formal art training at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana (B.A. in Visual Arts, 2003) and Brooklyn College/The Graduate Center of the City University of New York in New York City (M.A. in U.S. Modern Art, 2009). LaTonya is an art educator and author-illustrator currently residing in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Her most recent work focuses on sharing her son’s wondrous and whimsical perception of the world which is significantly shaped (and challenged daily) by his autism. She looks forward to both writing and illustrating stories and designing books that are bridges into new worlds and new joys for all children—especially those without the means to physically travel beyond their own neighborhoods.LaTonya is represented by Essie White at Storm Literary Agency.