Her future was in the cards...more specifically, in the kindergarten report card. Mrs. Reid wrote that Terri showed special interest in “writing and art in all forms.” So with a fistful of crayons that turned into colored pencils and then into gouache paints and digital art, Terri now illustrates for children’s books, magazines and educational materials.
In addition to illustrating children’s media, Terri divides her time as a part-time children’s librarian and the Illinois Illustrators Network coordinator for SCBWI. In 2010, she began a venture of facilitating traveling art workshops for kids, where she takes what she’s learned in the studio and applies it to children’s art projects.
She also gives fun and interactive school presentations focusing on her illustrated picture books, with an eye toward imparting visual literacy and creating narrative art.
In 2013, Terri will be the premier artist for the Illinois Library Association’s iRead summer reading program. Her art will be featured in all Illinois libraries, and in U.S.A. military base libraries in 24 countries.
Terri also writes poetry, short stories and has picture book manuscripts making the rounds. When not following her kindergarten teacher’s accolades, Terri will take her camera and hike in the woods, splash in the surf or skate on thin ice. She has recently become a certified dragonfly tracker.
Terri lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two sons, and a dog named Rosie.
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