Hello! My name is Rahele Jomepour Bell. 
I love telling stories with making pictures. Discovering a new medium and exploring a new technique is the most exciting part of my creation. 

  I have graduated with MFA in Integrated Visual Arts from Iowa State University in 2015, I now live and work in my home studio located in a beautiful tiny city of Ames in the state of Iowa.




My home studio looks out over a small Iowa yard, with low-speed railroad tracks in the distance. I like watching the train crawl by, especially when I see a rabbit or a squirrel watching. What are they thinking?

I am so honored to be a recipient of the 2018 Illustration Mentorship from We Need Diverse Books. 

Awards/ Honors

  • 2018 Winner of WNDB Illustration Mentorship
  • 2018 SCBWI Bologna Book Fair, shortlisted.
  • 2016 Finalists, SCBWI 2016 Bologna Book Fair.
  • Winner of the Art Spot for SCBWI Bulletin, summer issue, United States.
  • Creative Quarterly No.39.
  • Creative Quarterly No.38.
  • Creative Quarterly No.36.
  • 3x3 Illustration Competition.
  • 200 Best Illustrators of Worldwide.





 Illustrator SaturdayHuge thanks to Kathy for featuring my portfolio on her amazing blog.

Thanks to Angela Cerrito for interviewing me related my work selected for SCBWI Bologna Book Fair.

Thanks to Joanna Marple for interviewing me.


Attended Conferences and Workshops:


 Storytelling! Unlock Your Superpowers—2017 Fall Conference

Wild, Wild Midwest Regional Conference
Iowa SCBWI Illustrator Day 2014
43rd Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles - LA14
16th Annual SCBWI Winter Conference in New York - NY15

SCBWI Webinars:

SCBWI-Carolinas, Picture Book Dummy Challenge

SCBWI-Wisconsin Agent Day 2018: From Mechanics to Masterpiece (Webinar)

SCBWI-Oklahoma, Working with An Art Director. The Illustrator's Experience: Webinar with Giuseppe Castellano.   

SCBWI-Dakota. Webinar: The Big Picture of Picture Books with Author/Illustrator Elise Parsley