SCBWI July 2023 Featured Illustrator
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      On getting a dinosaur book for my fifth birthday, I wrote an illustrated story about a diplodocus family who spent Sunday afternoons at the bowling alley. When our kindergarten teacher insisted that I share my little book with the second-graders and explain how it was crafted, I had my first exciting experience as an author-illustrator and educator.
      Since that time, the wildlife and landscapes I observe on my daily walks, and those seen on my trips abroad, have strengthened my visual storytelling to spark curiosity and inspiration for kids-book lovers of all ages. I combine the extensive research and detailed accuracy of scientific illustration, which I teach at the college level, with my love of world-building, character design, lively interaction, and a whimsical humor that engages young readers.
      I exhibit my award-winning work at international, national, and regional venues and have five published picture books. I'm also a proud and active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, providing leadership for their Nebraska chapter as Webinar Coordinator.

     Please reach out—I would love to hear from you!