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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.

After earning a BFA in Illustration, I worked in graphic design, children’s storybook multimedia, and e-newsletters. Currently I work and volunteer at a public school.

My artwork is done in different media. I work in acrylic, gouache, pencil, gelli prints, and also digitally.

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 puzzling over Sudoku with a warm cup of tea.

Animals inspire me, I am fascinated by all the unique qualities and capabilities of animals, especially quirky or vulnerable ones.
Friendship stories: I feel like Frog and Toad, and Elephant and Piggy are my friends, too.
Nature: I love a good long hike in the woods.
I’m also inspired by my kids and all children. I love to watch them learning about the world, asking questions, and seeing the ideas that they come up.

12x12 Participant
SCBWI member

As a member of SCBWI, 12×12 and Storyteller Academy, I have met so many talented authors and illustrators. The generosity and tenacity of these groups challenges me to work harder. I have attended several workshops, retreats and conferences. Storystorm is fantastic as well as Sketchbook Revival. I am so thankful for these networks, and my awesome critique groups – rock on writers and illustrators!