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.
My artwork is done in different media. I work in acrylic, gouache, and pen, and also digitally. I am inspired by animals (especially quirky, silly ones) and folktales. I’m also inspired by my kids and all children, because I love to watch them learning about the world, asking questions, and caring for each other. Kids have no bounds when it comes to imagination, and I’m always amazed at the potential and the creativity they express.
As a member of SCBWI, and 12×12 I have met so many gems of established authors and illustrators. The generosity, hilarity, and talent of these groups challenges me to work harder. I have attended several workshops, retreats and conferences. I am so thankful for these networks, and my awesome critique groups – rock on writers and illustrators!