I am a freelance illustrator living in Madison, Wisconsin.
I am a notebook geek. And a sketchbook geek. I always have a notebook with me to jot down ideas, quotes, inspirations and memories. And I typically have several sketchbooks going for different artwork, graphite drawings, watercolor paintings, and freelance illustrations.
I love to draw. So I practice all.the.time. 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 and creating spot illustrations for a digital embroidery company.
I earned a degree in graphic design and illustration at the Madison Area Technical College. 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.
And 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.