Fairy tales give us permission to hold on to the childhood promise that, “anything is possible and we were put on this earth to take part in adventure.” To honor that memory, and to show that there is a kind of magic found in not just beautiful places, but in everyday life, I write stories and make pictures to blur that line between what’s real and make-believe. It is the place where magic lives.
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” -Roald Dahl
I’m also a freelance illustrator. You can reach me at email@example.com When I illustrate, I look for ways to show something that the words cannot. As an author, it is the pictures I see that make that inform my story.
I grew up in rural Pennsylvania, among steel towns with river valleys and rolling hills. Free to roam in the woods, we constantly 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.
I 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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