When I was in kindergarten, I was appalled by my fellow classmates’ absolute ignorance about unicorns. Always one to come up with my own solution, I came home and told my mom I wanted to write a book to educate my classmates about something so vitally important. So she typed while I told her about the different breeds of fantasy equine. My first book, printed and bound at Office Depot, was “All About Unicorns and Pegasus.” I never sold a copy, as each of the several dozen books were given away to friends and family.
While kindergarten me didn’t have a very good business strategy, she did have a grasp of the three fundamentals of what would eventually become my career: education, art, and writing.
During the school year, I teach over 625 students how to not only become better artists, but better people. To become curious citizens who can use their imagination to influence and change the world, whether that be as an artist or another path through life.
In my spare time, I sit at my desk and let my own creative juices flow. I illustrate science fiction and fantasy books as well as publish the occasional short story. I love creating works that tell a story, that have a sense of life to them, as if they were photographs of both the epic and the day-to-day life of the fantasy world.
When I’m not at school or glued to my desk, you can find me with my nose in a book, at an SCA event, sewing, practicing the mandolin and ukulele, and learning about every little thing that catches my eye.