As a child, I roamed the mountains near my home in Sunshine Canyon. From that time, nature has been a steadfast inspiration in my life and work.
I inherited my artistic parents' love of art, books and nature and was encouraged to refine my skills as an artist.
I studied fine art, graphic design and illustration at various universities. Ultimately I combined my love of science and art, and earned a degree in Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration from Iowa State University.
As an artist, I've worked in various fields: scientific illustration, animation, graphic design, nature painting, licensing and gift design.
After many years, I turned my artistic attention to my strongest, heart-felt passion - making stories and illustrations for children. I have illustrated two children's books:
My work has also been published in Cricket Magazine. I am a member of SCBWI and am the past Illustrator Coordinator and Webmaster for SCBWI-Iowa.
My illustration, ”Firefly Forest,” was the Grand Prize Winner at 2014 SCBWI Bologna Illustrator Gallery, Bologna Book Fair.
That same year, I was selected for the 2014 SCBWI Portfolio Mentorship Award at the SCBWI Summer Conference. My portfolio was one of six chosen out of two-hundred.
Currently, I am writing and illustrating my own stories; inspired by nature, imagination and a tad bit of humor.
My first picture book manuscript "I AM GOOSE" (Clarion) will be released on Feb 18, 2020. I'm so excited to have the talented Vanya Nastanlieva illustrate the story. Thank you to my amazing former agent Laura Biagi at JVNLA.
I also enjoy creating pop-up and moveable books. Along with my own stories, I am open to illustrate other books that blend with my art style and vision.
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