Something about me...
When I was a child, I was the "artistic one" in the family. However, the road I traveled to what I do now wound about a bit. Along the way I learned a number of interesting things, most of which have come in handy and some of which give me a pretty good score in select Jeopardy categories. Among them I learned:
- peristence will get you far, (this from my mom)
- how to bake fabulous cookies, and that, taken with tea, cookies can help
- to love gardening and bonsai, (from my grandmother)
- sea cucumber doesn't taste like chicken, but it does fry up crisp and salty
- to always run through the finish line, (from track)
- not to pick up a garter snake with your bare hands
- how to make great gravy, and also daisy chains, (from my grandfather, although he also told me to learn the laws of thermodynamics which I must admit I never did)
- how to think your way through a problem and fix stuff, (from my dad, who could have taught MacGyver a thing or two)
- that you can only play just so hard with the cat or there will be blood
- that a sense of humor is as essential to life as food, (thanks Bill!), and...
- the need to practice kindness and compassion, (extended to me throughout many challenges)
As for the formal stuff, I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Washington, as well as a Certificate in Art for the Children’s Market, through the U. of W. Extension. My education also includes a variety of course work in art, computing, and software applications.
I'm an active member of the SCBWI, (Society of Childrens Writers and Illustrators), serving as Co-Regional Advisor for the Western Washington region. Kid Lit people are some of the best ever, and I am happy to call them my people. These guys in the photos are also my people!