I am a freelance illustrator living in Madison, Wisconsin.
I love to draw and I practice all the time. I am a prolific artist and illustrator. I want to be “one of those people” who can draw anything. I have piles of sketchbooks filled with illustrations, characters, vignettes, drawings, paintings, doodles and ideas. I love to create nature illustrations, animal art, surface pattern designs, maps and hand lettering. I am currently illustrating a series of children’s pictures books for an author I met at a women’s networking event.
I earned a degree in graphic design and illustration and I also have a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a degree as a paralegal.
My heroes are Beatrix Potter, English writer, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist, best known for her children’s books featuring animals, such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
I also admire Oliver Jeffers, illustrator/author and picture book maker, best known for How to Catch a Star, The Day the Crayons Quit and Here We Are.
And, I admire Jim Brandenburg, National Geographic nature photographer and environmentalist, best known for his studies of wolf packs in the Northwoods of Minnesota.
My creative work is inspired by my adventures in nature, my love for my park-inspired backyard, and a wanderlust for exploring the outdoors. I enjoy hiking in the woods, kayaking, swimming in the ocean and biking the trails.
My style is playful, colorful, expressive and detailed.