My mother told me that when I was a little girl I told her that I was going to be an artist until I was 35 years old, and then be a writer. I don’t remember telling her this, but its kind of what happened. And happily, becoming a writer didn’t preclude being an artist! I have written and illustrated several books for both kids and adults, and am represented by Anna Olswanger at Olswanger Literary LLC. I have illustrated three paper toy sets for Pomegranate Publishing, including the NEW FAIRY HOUSE: A Color, Punch Out and Play Set, MUSEUM VISIT: A Color, Punch Out and Play Set, and TEA PARTY: A Color, Punch Out and Play Set. My first coloring book, Let’s Color Together: A Shareable Coloring Book for Parents and Kids came out this spring from Sourcebooks, and was followed by a “sequel,” Let’s Color Together: SECRET WORLDS: A Shareable Coloring Book for Parents and Kids. Other titles include Stencil Craft: Techniques for Art, Fashion and Home (F&W), Crow Made a Friend (Holiday House) an early reader picture book and finalist in the 2016 Ohioana Awards for juvenile literature. Inkblot: Drip, Splat and Squish Your Way to Creativity (Boyds Mills 2011) was awarded a Eureka! Silver Medal for non-fiction children’s books. Also, The Successful Artist’s Career Guide: Finding Your Way in the Business of Art (F&W 2012) is used in high school and college counseling offices to guide people who want to have a career as an artist. Alternative Art Journals: Explore Innovative Approaches to Collecting Your Creativity (F&W 2012), and Make Your Mark: Explore Your Creativity and Discover Your Inner Artist (Chronicle Books, 2004), voted one of Library Journal’s best how-to books of 2004.
I attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and studied with Alex McKibben, Rocio Rodriguez, Lon Beck, Thomas Effler, Geoff Fishburn, Michael Griffiths, and Crossan Curry. I am pleased and honored to be serving on the first College of Creative Arts Advisory Board at Miami.