I am an artist and illustrator. As a child, I loved to draw pictures and make up stories. My dream ever since I was a child was to write and illustrate children’s books. I grew up on a nut ranch. almonds and walnuts and a nutty family. As a kid I would play in the orchards, we had lots of animals and barns to explore, fueling my imagination and storytelling. I graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a BFA in Applied Art and Design. Over the next five years I held design positions in Monterey and San Francisco for Sunset Magazine, Chronicle Books and Digital Research among others. After a 17-year career in technology I returned to my art and took a class in illustrating children’s books renewing my childhood dream of writing and illustrating children’s picture books. I discovered SCBWI and the community of fellow illustrators and writers in the Pacific Northwest. Today, I live and work in the lakeside community of Kirkland, Washington with my husband, two hens; Amber and Sunny and two cats; Pugno and Ollie. When I’m not working on a story or illustration, I am journaling, basket weaving, boating, hiking and paddleboarding in the Pacific Northwest. My favorite medium is collage. I enjoy bold illustrations and bright colors. I also work in digital, watercolor and pen and ink.