I am an illustrator, teacher, writer and publisher of coloring books in magical Austin-land Texas. I have an MA in Art Education, and in a former life I was a public school art teacher. I express whimsy through art and design, and teach art-making as a tool for meditation and healing.
What makes you stand out in the maker community?
This question is a challenge. I'm unsure to be honest. I do think my style is different and recognizable. In a sea of hand-lettering, calligraphy, ceramic pots, watercolored florals, whitewashed prickly pear prints, and other popular creative works there, my style is unlike any of them. The way I draw grew organically out of childhood doodling, so it's very much mine. I've had people come up to me in restaurants in Austin and ask if I'm ""the coloring book artist, and that just blows my mind.
Tell us about your work and the projects you are currently working on.
I suppose first and foremost I'm an illustrator of coloring books and coloring book style art pieces. The client projects I work on are diverse, but they share two things in common: 1. They illustrate invisible phenomena like energy and emotion through the use of curvaceous line, and 2. They are almost always interactive. Currently in my queue: 1. A series of interactive gallery cards for children and families, with the Blanton Art Museum in Austin, Texas. 2. A Coloring Book with Mindful Classrooms and Austin Independent School District: 72 interactive pages that illustrate Mindfulness and Compassion through the Social and Emotional Learning. 3. Texas Highway Magazine Coloring Book of Small towns in Texas 4. Rain Garden Sign Illustrations for the Austin Trail Foundation 5. Two interactive local school murals, drawn by me, and colored by the students.
Who is your favorite contemporary artist or maker?
Can I pick two? I love Emily McDowell. Her line of empathy cards, and grounded design ethic inspire and remind me to consider others when I'm making art. I also love Andy J. Pizza. His podcast the Creative Pep Talk helps me preserve my sanity on a weekly basis.
What inspired you to become a maker?
I've been a maker since I could hold art supplies in my hands. I think I'm wired to use art for sanity. There's definitely many more reasons if I thought about it longer. However on the most fundamental level, making art keeps me healthy.