“Fairy tales remind us that anything is possible and we are here to take part in adventure,” says Mindy Dwyer. Growing up in a rural Pennsylvania river town, she was always looking for adventure, roaming the wooded hills, or daring to swim in a river with legendary man-sized catfish. It has been said that Dwyer has magic and she wants to share it.

When she wasn’t exploring fields and ponds, Mindy loved to read and color. Her first illustrations depicted antics with praying mantis, water moccasins, waterfalls and fishing. First jobs were photo re-touching and house painting. After art school Mindy worked as a package designer, furniture maker, forest service ranger, and a sign maker/t-shirt printer. When she became a mom she painted watercolor, worked as an art supply clerk, visiting artist, official band mom and bass player for a bluegrass family band, freelance illustrator, graphic designer, and illustrator-author of children’s books.

“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