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I am a big believer in the power of positivity and I want my work to reflect that. I love using color and humor in almost everything I do, whether it is for a greeting card, calendar or book.  My clients include Beaming Books, Pictura, Cricket Media, Leanin Tree, Blue Mountain Arts, Oatmeal Studios, Beaufort Books and Ronnie Sellers Publishing.  I recently completed the book cover for the 10 year anniversary edition of Becoming Odyssa. A project that was near and dear to my heart. 

When I'm not inside 'coloring pictures' (how lucky is that for a job!) I am outside. Hiking, running, skiing, or perhaps sipping a cold one on the patio. I am a life-long Kansan, and a few years ago, I decided to finally quit dreaming of moving to Colorado, and make it happen. I vow to never take the proximity to these beautiful Rockies for granted.

In 2014, after raising three cool kids, numerous lovable dogs and cats and a pretty special pig, named Matilda... I set off to hike the Appalachian Trail. From Georgie to Maine. Five months of incredible landscapes, cool, kind and quirky people and only an occasional shower. To say it was life-changing would be an understatement.  There were so many good people out there! Life gets busy and we often make excuses for the things we would like to do, but don't.  I truly believe that life is too short to keep putting those things off.

Thus, the move to Colorado. I went  from knowing nearly everyone in town, to knowing about four people. And that's ok! It made me reach out in new ways and to pursue the aspects of my art that I really love. I have wonderful friends back in Kansas, but have met some really great people here also. Someone is always up for a little adventure!

 

My debut author/illustrated picture book is out in the world and I love it so much! Peg Gets Crackin' is about an egg that is afraid to hatch because she can only imagine all the terrible, horrible scary things outside of her shell. Check it out!

 

I have 5 grandkids and one more on the way. They keep my imagination fresh and are my inspiration to keep creating stories that kids enjoy!! 

I am rep'd by Samantha Wekstein at Thompson Literary   Samantha@thompsonliterary.com

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