After many years, I escaped
from the corporate arena of design to pursue my love for children’s book
illustration. I ventured out and started my own Illustration and Design
business in 2003. Since then I have worked on many various illustration
projects with my focus being children’s illustration.
I have illustrated three
picture books as well as the “Wright on Time” middle grade series.
My books have won a variety of awards including the Bronze Medal for the
2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, the 2010 Arizona Book Awards and the
2008 and 2010 Annual International Latino Book Awards.
In addition to design and illustration projects varying from
character studies, book illustrations, greeting cards and marketing collateral,
I have also enjoyed working on numerous book jackets ranging from children’s
titles to adult fiction and nonfiction. My love of storytelling drives me to
continually refine my craft. Traditional mediums such as acrylics, acrylic
gouache, water color as well as pen and ink are my favorite, often combining
many of these into mixed media creations. However, I also love the freedom that
digital tools, such as Photoshop, offer.
I am developing my own stories. As story ideas escape from my pen and pencil, I’ve
realized that many find root in my childhood. My culturally diverse background
makes me a rather shuffled deck. I was born in Germany, just outside of Munich,
with a passion for art and drawing.
age eleven my family moved to the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Not being
able to speak English when we arrived, meant learning very quickly as I
attended a regular English-speaking school. To this day I speak with a jumbled
German Australian accent which many find difficult to place.
up in Australia was wonderful. I worked at a German Restaurant where I had to
wear traditional dirndls that made my Bavarian roots happy. I was passionately
in love with horses and so spent most of my free time with my horse, Calypso.
The hours I spent riding by myself through the Australian bush are still
some of my fondest childhood memories. The Australian wildlife and
environment hold a very special place in my heart and have found their way into
several of the stories that I have written.
When I was twenty I moved to the United States. I now live near
Phoenix, Arizona, with my husband, Kevin, my daughters, Isabelle and Zoe.
Having always been an animal lover, I share my home with my menagerie of three
dogs, three cats, one foster horse, one alpaca, nine chickens and a
tortoise. Life is good!
I have been a member of the
SCBWI for many years and am always working on improving my craft in both
writing and illustrating by attending workshops and conferences. I am also the Assistant Regional Advisor for
the SCBWI Arizona region. I
visit many schools where I aim to inspire kids to read, write and draw. Seeing
the immense value in such visits lead me to create the Visiting Authors
Committee at my children’s school. Since its formation I’ve been able to bring
authors and illustrators to our school to wow the students. These have included
Tony DiTerlizzi, Jennifer Nielsen, Kelly DePucchio, Mike Curato, Dav Pilkey and
many more. Life is stupendous!
In my free time, I love to go
kayaking, hiking and camping with my family. We are self-confessed National
Park Junkies and are always looking forward to our next adventure. Because
drawing and reading are two of my main passions, there is always a sketchbook
close by and a book at hand.
Could life get any better? I am
so lucky because I simply love what I do!