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About the Illustrator

 

"Stories serve a purpose beyond pleasure, a purpose encoded in analogies. Story arcs, like dreams, have an almost biological function," Jerry Griswold, emeritus professor of children's literature, "Why the British Tell Better Children's Stories" by The Atlantic.

I am a Minnesota-based watercolor illustrator with a love for the sweet and quirky. My desk is littered with knick-knacks varying from an old tea tin filled with d10 dice to a Scooby-Doo bobblehead to an empty gin bottle with peacock tail feathers and silk flowers. I share my curiously decorated apartment with my pet rats and guinea pigs, and an assortment of house plants. Having studied at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, I was lucky enough to take a class from local-legend Nancy Carlson who introduced me to what would become my life passion - illustrating picture books.

 

Artists that influence and inspire me include: Emily Gravett (Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears), Bill Waterson (Calvin and Hobbes), Mary Grandpré (Harry Potter, Pockets), Shaun Tan (The Arrival), and David Wiesner (Tuesday).

Clients include: Redleaf Press, Minnesota Historical Society Press, Book Bridge Press, Star Tribune, Vita.mn.

Recognitions include: 

• Indiefab 2015, Silver - Annie's Plaid Shirt

• Mom's Choice Award 2015, Gold -  Annie's Plaid Shirt

• Living Now Book Awards  2014, Gold - Annie's Plaid Shirt

• Society of Illustrators Los Angeles 2012