I have a big orange cat who has six toes on each paw. She is basically the Marilyn Monroe of cats, and I let her have a spot in all of my books.
I live in an off-grid cabin that my husband and I built in the big woods of Wisconsin with two boys, a Corgi and that big orange cat. We heat our house with a wood burning stove and carry water in buckets from the well. Here is a comic to show you what I mean:
what I do
I have illustrated three children’s books for authors who self published; “Hush” by Lori Michael, and “Meet the Tanners” and “Peridot, the Secret Portal” by Debra Tracy. I have also illustrated many album covers, sticker designs and event posters. Now I am writing and illustrating my own stories and I have a list of over a dozen titles I am working on in children’s fiction, non-fiction and graphic novels.
The most important influence on my artwork, and in my life, is my love for nature. I absolutely adore this earth and all its wonders. My mental image data bank is filled with flowers and trees, plants, animals, insects and mushrooms.
If I want, I can throw it all into my “Creative Blender” (thanks Amanda Palmer!) and whip up a fantasy world where unicorns frolic and werwolves lounge in the shadows, while waiting for some otters show up to play a very slow game of Marco Polo with a rainbow tortoise.
Art is a gift, and I feel so fortunate to be able to use it to create books, and art objects that can inspire a love of nature, imagination and play.