How would you describe your style?
I’ve spent the last couple of years agonizing over the style question. Then one day I looked at my website and realized it all looked like it was drawn by the same person. I was beyond excited. To describe it, I turn to the words that those close to me use to describe me: Relatable, Creative, Wise, Whimsical, Earthy Granola, Funny, Free Spirited, Soft with a bit of an Edge (my husband came up with that last one).
How Is your personality reflected in your work?
If I can infuse humor into my conversations and storytelling I will do that. It’s the same with my drawings.
Can you describe your process when creating new work?
A lot of times I’m doing something completely uncreative – like washing the dishes – when an idea comes to me. Then I go to my sketchbook. After a few iterations, I transfer to “good” paper, paint and then sometimes do digital manipulation.
What type of projects are most exciting to you?
At the moment I just love storytelling by creating characters of all shapes, sizes, and colors. My goal is to have them express a wide range of emotions as they would in the course of normal day-to-day activities.
What goals do you have for your illustration business?
Most important to me is to maintain balance with my family life. Of course, I’d like to earn good money in the process. I aim to make mamas and children everywhere smile and feel good about themselves via books, magazines, cards, apparel, etc.
When did you discover your love of drawing?
Three years ago I lost my mother rather suddenly. It overlapped with the birth of my third child. For some reason as a way of dealing with the trauma, I felt compelled to make pretty things. Somehow it made me feel closer to her as she loved beautiful stationery, clothing patterns, and children’s books. Initially, I signed up for an Adobe Illustrator class. I liked that, but from there I wanted to make things with my hands, so I took up drawing and painting and was hooked. I now know for myself that art is a powerful tool for healing and therapy.
How did you start your illustration career?
Well technically it’s just starting, but I decided to just make myself my first client. I started creating illustrations for my website, Organic Baby Resource, a couple of years ago. I discovered I love taking abstract concepts and making them easier for others to understand through drawing pictures.
What inspires your creativity the most?
My three girls are my creative muses. It was the birth of my first-born that inspired me to create Organic Baby Resource, a place for natural-minded moms to get help finding safer baby products, and it’s primarily my role and experiences as a mother that inspires my drawings and writings to date.
Please describe an average day in your life.
My days are all about balancing the pursuit of my creative dreams with being a homeschooling mom of three and a homemaker. I wake up as early as I can, the actual time depends on how many times someone woke me up in the middle of the night. I have quiet time, workout then creative time (which involves balancing my writing and illustration). When my girls wake we do school and take care of day to day stuff. I usually can snag more creative time in the evenings after dinner.
What do you hope the not-too-distant future holds for your art career; Do you have any exciting, upcoming plans that you would like to share with us?
I’m so glad you asked. I’m currently looking for a literary agent as I have one finished book proposal and many other ideas in the works. I’m hoping to find that unicorn of an agent who works across many genres including adult non-fiction, children’s books, and gift items. I should add that I’m also excited to take on freelance projects for books, cards, editorial and business illustration.
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