In kindergarten I drew a picture of what I wanted to be when I grew up: an artist and a farmer's wife. The farmer's wife part turned out to be a passing fancy. But not the artist part...
A lot of that I have to blame on my tattered childhood copy of Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. I never tired of getting lost in those collages. I wanted to make worlds and stories like that too. So I tried! (See an example to the right).
As a grown up I still read lots of picture books (regular stacks from the library as tall as my drawing table). And I've relished a years-long steady habit of drawing and writing, filling countless sketchbooks and journals, and still dreaming of all that work someday coming to fruition in a silly book about elephants or something else that makes a kid laugh somewhere.
I currently live in Bellingham, WA, in a century-old house full of color, books, pottery, art and music (or sometimes just noise). When you can't find me in my studio, I might be on my porch looking out at the bay, eating yummy food made by my husband Bryce (he's a fabulous cook!), playing trains with my two-year-old Lars, or off hiking with my third-grade son Oscar. Or I might be traveling the world; I'm a sucker for a good adventure.
Thanks for visiting my portfolio!
Winner 2016 SCBWI LA conference Most Promising Picture Book award for work-in-progress How To Build A Rocket Ship in 10 Easy Steps.
Cover art for the September 2016 Issue of Brain Teen Magazine.
Long-time SCBWI member: regularly attend conferences, retreats, lectures, and workshops.
Family lived in Malaysia from 2010 to 2012, son came home thinking the Northwest Washington forests should be full of elephants.
Served on the advisory committee for SCBWI Western Washington from 2006-2010 as a retreat coordinator and northern network coordinator.
Participated in 2009 SCBWI Nevada Mentor Program with Mentor Laurent Linn, Art Director at Simon & Schuster.
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