A fine artist by training, Grayce DeNoia Bochak attended Temple University for her BA in Art and received a MFA in Painting with concentration in illustration from Marywood University. Additional studies took her to Rome, Italy, Parsons School of Design and Alfred University. Her art experience spans 35 years, inclusive of children’s book publishing/teaching on university level. Grayce’s freelance commissions include Macmillian’s Four Winds Press, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, and Boyd’s Mills Publishing.
Her artwork was selected to be exhibited at Society of Illustrators' Original Art Exhibition. She was featured in The Very Best of Book Illustration compiled by the Society of Illustrators, as well as THE ARTIST'S MAGAZINE, and Step by Step Graphics Publications.
Skill as a hand painted paper collage artist is shown in Grayce's published books: The Gamemaster, Paper Boats, The Long Silk Strand. Her picture books were chosen to be printed as Bound to Stay Books, receiving starred reviews from both Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. Grayce recently was chosen to have her watercolor paintings featured in Cape May Magazine.
Grayce keeps a private studio in Cape May County and Pirate’s Alley, French Quarter, New Orleans. Having several art group and solo showings of watercolors from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey & Louisiana, she also creates paintings for New Orleans Faulkner Society’s Annual Big Read Gala & Auction. Her current watercolors delicately reflect fascination in the mysteries of these two popular destinations.
Washington Post “Awesome!”
Cape May Star & Wave “A fine artist by training, Grayce captures moments in time and eoquently renders them onto paper using watercolor.”
School Librarian's Journal "Elegant paper cutouts"
Kirkus Review “Beautiful art, beautiful bookmaking…”
The Horn Book "Elegant watercolors are often subtly patterned... lending an air of sophistication."
Booklist “Bochak uses cut and torn papers, sometimes delicately mottled or shaded, to form a series of striking double page spreads… the artist uses the medium with skill and finesse.”
Junior Lib. Guild Selection
"Children's Book of the Year" Bank Street College, NYC
Reading Rainbow Title
Dr. Seuss Award Finalist