When I was young, my favorite things to do were draw and read. I remember writing and illustrating a book in 2nd grade and proudly sharing it with a Kindergarten class. Now that I’ve “grown up,” books are still in my heart. I’ve added other loves; but the elements of story and storytelling, and the magic of sharing these loves, are at the core.

Michigan is my home: land of amazing great lakes, dunes, beautiful fall days and adventurous winters. I enjoy hiking, biking and camping with my family, as well as playing clarinet, practicing yoga, reading, and… dark chocolate.

After earning a BFA in Illustration, I worked in graphic design, e-newsletters, and children’s storybook multimedia. Currently I work and volunteer at a diverse public school, helping and observing the rainbow of personalities and abilities.

My artwork is done in different media. I work in acrylic, gouache, and pen. I am inspired by animals (especially quirky, silly ones) and folktales. I’m also inspired by my kids and all children, whose imagination knows no bounds.

SCBWIMember-badgeAs a member of SCBWI, I have met so many gems of established authors and illustrators. The generosity, hilarity, and talent of this group challenges me to work harder. I have attended several workshops, retreats and conferences. I am so thankful for this network, and my awesome critique groups – rock on writers and illustrators!

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