about me

Mindy

Hello! I am a freelance illustrator, you can reach me at mindy@mindydwyer.com

I’m an artist, a mom and a wife, a visual thinker, a lover of stories and adventure.

I write stories and make pictures to blur the line between what’s real and make-believe, a place I hope magic can live. Fairy tales give us permission to hold on to a childhood promise that, “anything is possible and we were put on this earth to take part in adventure.” I have re-imagined fairy tales in real life settings to honor that memory, and to show that there is a kind of magic found in not just beautiful places, but in everyday life.

As an illustrator, I am looking for ways to show something that the words cannot. As author-illustrator I move between the two worlds of pictures and words letting them inform each other until I arrive at a story.

I grew up in rural Pennsylvania, among steel towns with river valleys and rolling hills. Free to roam in the woods, we sought adventure outside. Inside we read books and colored with crayons. Reading inspired me to write down my own stories. I began with comic strips when I was young and it is still something I enjoy as a kind of journaling.

early-cartooonI found this old cartoon that I drew as a teenager. Most of the comic strips back then were about funny things that happened, like when we saw a water moccasin at the pond and had to go around the long way and got caught in the dark, or when my friend and I were looking at a preying mantis and she stepped on a bee’s nest!

 

My very first job was photo re-touching. After a short stint as a package designer, I moved on to furniture maker, forest service ranger, art supply sales clerk, visiting artist, official band mom and bass player for our bluegrass band, freelance illustrator, mom and pop signmaker/t-shirt shop/gallery, graphic designer, and illustrator and author of children’s books. Our family has lived in beautiful places of mountains, rivers, oceans and wilderness that inspired many stories. We raised three kids, ran away with the circus, and built a cedar gingerbread house in the Pacific Northwest, where I call home.

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