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The Washington Post

Opinion Piece-Interracial Adoption

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Main piece of artwork to accompany an opinion piece giving advice to potential adopters on raising black children as white parents.

Cherise Harris 2021

Cherise Harris

Represented by

Painted Words, Inc
Suite 24
NEW YORK, NY 10025
United States

illustration of Black and white image of a girl in a city with birds flying around her.
illustration of Drawn on a used piece of notebook paper, the image contains two girls with swords, looking for adventure.
illustration of Image of a woman at a window with plants and bananas from her illustrated book, With Grace.
illustration of Black angel with golden wings, bipoc, diversity, spiritual
illustration of Black girl with pensive expression in bell jar surrounded by red and pink butterflies with eye motif. Dark and moody.


Cherise Harris spent much of her childhood in Barbados writing stories and making art. She went on to complete her Associate Degree in Visual Arts at the Barbados Community College, her BFA in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and her MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice at Falmouth University in the UK. Since graduating, Cherise has worked as a freelance illustrator and her experience includes children’s book illustration, storyboarding for advertisements, puppet building (and even a brief stint as a puppeteer), as well as costume and set design for local theatre productions. When illustrating, Cherise works in a variety of media, including pencil, inks, watercolors and digital. She is inspired by childhood memories, and the books and movies she enjoyed growing up in the 90s, which often had to do with children going off on big adventures. For fun, Cherise loves watching movies, baking and documenting motherhood in her comics. She currently lives in Barbados with her husband and toddler daughter.


Black & White, Conceptual, Digital, Line, Line with Color, Pen & Ink, Pencil, Whimsical


Adventure, Animals, Book Covers, Botanical, Children, Children's Books, Editorial, Fantasy, Landscape, Mystery, Nature, Lifestyle, Spiritual, Youth, Ethnic, Urban