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Photo Credit: Rosanne Parry

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Hello 

I am an author and illustrator in Northern Michigan. I love exploring the natural world and drawing and writing about what I see, like vernal ponds in the woods and tidal pools along the edge of the sea.  I also like reading about places I have never been, like the inside of a cell or the bottom of the ocean. I use research and my imagination to draw and write about those places too. I use pencils, watercolors, drawing inks and color pencils to create most of my illustrations. I also like drawing in crayon, making snow forts and building with legos alongside my kids.

EDUCATION

Southampton College, Long Island University, 2002-2006

BA Marine Biology, Fine Art

Medical College of Georgia, 2007-2009

MS Medical Illustration

Art Students League of New York, 2007-2008, 2020

Interviews + More

Toledo Blade

Critter Lit Blog

Washington Post

Dispatch From: Bowling Green, OH

WBGU-PBS Children's Book Week

HarperKids From Home Sea Bear Story Time

A Few of My Favorite Things

Pencil: Blackwing

Paints: Daniel Smith Watercolors

Artist(s): Vincent Van Gogh, Helen Frankenthaler, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, Mary Cassatt, Lisbeth Zwerger, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Albrecht Dürer

Plankton: Pediastrum

Moth: Hylophora cecropia

Fish: American Eel, Angullia rostrata, although Lake Sturgeon, Acipenser fulvescens comes in as a close second.

Reptile: All turtles. All of them.

Whale: Gray? No Blue. No...ugh.  All of them.

Summer Olympic Sport: Swimming

Winter Olympic Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Book: The Psalms

Childhood Book: Swimmy by Leo Lionni

Childhood Novel: A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle

Baked Good: Scone

Activity: Reading with warm socks on