Books have been a joy to me at every age. As an adult I've discovered that the books I'd most like to make are children's picture books. You get to create fantastic places and wonderful characters. In what other genre is it just as valid to have a baby, a dump truck, or a rabbit as the main character?!
I live in Northwest Colorado- a place of wildflowers, rolling hills, blue sky, afternoon thunderstorms, and lots of snow. It's so easy to be inspired by this countryside! My family loves to be outside in every season and I feel lucky to live here.
The beauty of our planet seen from space is breathtaking. I love looking at the images of Earth on NASA's website. I wanted to make a book celebrating our world and I knew I couldn't compete with the real photos. So instead I let my decorative side take over and made these images. Being from North America we aren't used to seeing the other hemispheres, but it's good to be reminded that those lives on the other side of the world aren't really that far away- just a turn of the globe.
These books are all very different from each other, made with different techniques and materials. But they all reflect different parts of my personality and interests. Afternoon Walk is a unique painted book about the beauty of walking in rural Colorado. Evergreen is a small edition with tree samples from seven different evergreen trees, etchings, statistics, and poems about the trees. Earth is an edition celebrating the beauty of our home planet as seen from space. Wildflowers is an editioned accordion book with decorative etchings of flowers found one summer in Colorado. Field Guide: Western Bird's Eggs is a unique book of encaustic paintings about common Rocky Mountain birds. Plaid is an edition of wacky plaids with even wackier names, The Girl with the Pretty Red Hair is an editioned book of word plays and puns based on a little girl with red flowers for hair.