Gabrielle Grimard was born in 1975 in Montreal. Much to the dismay of her teachers in the early grades, Gabrielle was constantly drawing in class. For her, drawing was a way of keeping her concentration focused. Otherwise, she would spend all her time daydreaming. Gabrielle studied art, first in high school, then at Concordia, and finally at l’Université du Québec à Montréal (l’UQAM). Although Gabrielle took on many art projects after graduating, she did not start illustrating picture books until after the birth of her son. Her artwork appears in over 25 children’s books.
Gabrielle illustrated the award-winning picture books by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton When I Was Eight and Not My Girl. For her latest book with Annick Press, Lila and the Crow (Fall 2016), Gabrielle is both the author and illustrator.