Hi! I'm a 32-year-old artist, writer, and master naturalist. I live at the base of an enchanting place called Kessler Mountain with my husband Ryan and black cat Solo. I draw pet portraits, design greeting cards, illustrate children's books, write for magazines and my weekly newspaper column.
It's fun to be a naturalist! We study wildlife, plants, water quality, stars, rocks, weather, natural history and many other topics. My favorite activities are reading and hiking. Most of my free time goes into Ripples, a personal project in which we challenge ourselves to make a difference for both people and planet one decision at a time. Check it out and enjoy our free educational resources!
I draw everything by hand on paper using a 5-layer mixed media process involving pencil, ink, Prismacolor Premier pencils, Copic markers and digital editing only if required (I don't enjoy creating art digitally and prefer the feel of good ol' paper). Sustainability is central to my business. I print my greeting cards using Moo on sustainably sourced paper. Each card is sleeved in a biodegradable (compostable) plastic sleeve for protection. The business cards I custom design for my customers are also printed by Moo on 100% recycled, FSC certified paper produced using wind energy, stored inside a recycled material holder.
My past commissions include: a colorful piece for the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks volunteer award ceremony; a black & white logo for an elder care company; illustrations for the children's book A Sheltie's Tale by Len White; and pet portraits.