In 2007, I had the opportunity to illustrate two children’s books for Guardian Angel Publishing; The Christmas Angel, a story of a family traveling the Oregon Trail, and The Magic Violin, a story of the magic in believing in yourself. This started me on the way towards a new career as an illustrator of children's books. Most of my books are Home School Approved. Some books provide activities or educational information at the end of the story. Books are for readers from ages 0-12.
Deschutes County Fair - Fine Arts Awards Judge 2012 & 2013
I use a variety of illustration styles from the simple comic to the detailed realistic and accurate historic; something not many illustrators can do. I put considerable research into each story line and illustration. Many of my original illustrations are hanging in the Children's Museum of Illustrated Books in St. Louis, Missouri. Some of my illustrations have won national and international literary awards.
Asked in interviews what I would give as advice to people interested in illustrating, I tell everyone, “This is not an area where one can instantly make a lot of money. Be prepared for rejections from Publishers, but never give up. Better yourself and your talent by taking Publisher’s suggestions to heart and using them to improve your work. Remember, in the publishing world, the Publisher is always right. Too many eager illustrators ignore a Publisher’s suggestions to their peril.”