A bit about me...
A bit about me...
Stroll through life with a happy heart and an open mind!
As a 5th generation Californian and a granddaughter of a pioneer homesteader, the Golden State has always been my home. I grew up spending Summers hiking through the Siskiyou National Forest, riding horses and learning to appreciate my family’s independent spirit and gift for storytelling.
I attended UC Berkeley and received my BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
When I started my creative career, it was working as an Art Director in advertising. As time went by though, I found myself less and less interested in selling products I didn’t necessarily believe in. After a bit of soul-searching, I picked up my camera and became a photographer. I also began designing and illustrating book covers for publishers in NYC. My creative journey took me down many interesting paths and kept me inspired.
Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs by Susan Bernardo, was the first chance I had to explore the world of children’s picture book illustration and it was pure joy from start to finish! As luck would have it, the book found its way into the hands of LeVar Burton at Reading Rainbow and we were soon hired to work with him on his first children's book, The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm. That beautiful book will be heading to the International Space Station at the end of the year as part of the Story Time From Space program. It also won a 2015 IPPY Gold Award.
Needless to say, I've found my true creative calling, which definitely makes my heart and mind happy.
When I’m not busy illustrating books, I enjoy getting outdoors, taking road-trips with my family, visiting museums, listening to old jazz, and daydreaming about time-travel…and books in space!