I am a freelance illustrator and designer living in Madison, Wisconsin.
I love to draw so I practice all the time. I am a prolific illustrator and graphic designer. I have shelves of sketchbooks filled with illustrations, characters, vignettes, drawings, paintings, doodles and ideas. I love to create nature illustrations, animal art, surface pattern collections, silly portraits and people, maps and hand lettering. I am currently illustrating a series of children’s picture books for an author I met at a women’s networking event.
I have a degree in graphic design and illustration, a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a degree as a paralegal.
I am well-versed in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and Procreate. I have a day job so I have been focusing on traditional illustrations lately to get a break from the computer.
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, youthful, colorful, expressive and detailed with vintage-y color palettes.