I am an Illustrator, teacher, and artist on the Oregon Coast. I live with my husband, my children, and a flock of chickens.My mother ran a craft business, when I was small. She built me my first studio when I was eight. It had art supplies, a clothesline to pin paintings up to dry, and a tray of old newspaper stamps. I was always encouraged to produce art with words.I have worked hard to increase my knowledge of illustration by traveling to Hollins University and studying under some of the best children's book illustrators working today. I have received a Master's certification in Children's Book Illustration and a Masters of Fine Arts in Children's Book Writing and Illustrating. I am always looking forward to improving my skills and starting my next project.