Merry is a picture book writer, illustrator, freelance artist, and art instructor who enjoys mentoring her fellow creatives. She volunteers as the SCBWI Illustrator Coordinator for the California: North/Central region, and is an active member of SVS Learn, and the 12x12 Picture Book Challenge. She was a PB Party Finalist in 2023 and has been featured in several SCBWI portfolio showcases and in various art & illustration contests. Her work has been published in magazines such as Spider and Ladybug (Cricket Media) and she is currently working on illustrating her debut picture book, DUCK DUCK GROOVE (The Little Press). Merry grew up in the coastal region of Ventura County, located in sunny Southern California. She now lives in the foothills of the Sierras with her husband, children, and their pets. Merry is available for speaking opportunities, workshops, and more!