I was raised in a military family and moved quite frequently while growing up. Drawing and reading have always been my go-to pastimes. I went to nursing school (the world is much safer without me being in the medical field). I married and had children. Since being married (and divorced) I have only lived in remote areas of Nevada. All the while I have painted and drawn, generally landscapes or things for children. My favorite books, always, have been picture books.
I have worked in schools, teaching English as a Second Language, working with physically and mentally challenged students, taught elementary art, was an Artist in Residence for the state of Nevada for a number of years. I have also been a wildland firefighter, working primarily with aircraft. During all those years I continued to make and show art on professional and personal bases.
When I was working in ESL I realized two things that became very important to me: One, that there were not very many wordless picture books (this WAS a long time ago). And two, that many of the parents of my second-language children didn’t have the English vocabulary for their professions. Many of these adults worked on ranches.
In 2013 I was awarded a mentorship by SCBWI with David Diaz, a turning point for me… I have focused on children’s book writing and illustration since then. Wordless picture books are a passion.