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.

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Quick Facts:

  • 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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