I came into the world in Maywood, California, because that's where my mom was on July 6, 1951. I grew up reading Mrs. Wilder's tales of Laura & Mary and Maud Hart Lovelace's books about Betsy & Tacy. Nowadays I live and work in my hometown, Independence, MO, the Queen City of the Trails. Albert, a.k.a. Kitty Boy lives here, too. So does Mimi, a deeply-cute, preposterous little beast.


Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society
William Anderson Books
Betsy-Tacy Society


My working life began with an art ed. degree in 1973 at CMSU, a.k.a. University of Central MO. Instead of teaching in classrooms, I ended up doing artwork in cubicles at Hallmark Cards, in KCMO; Sunset Designs, a needlework kit company in California; and at Current, Inc., in Colorado Springs.

Going to Uri Shulevitz' children's book summer class in 1984 gave me the courage to go to pack up my portfolio and go to New York City for a few days in 1985 to show editors my willingness to illustrate their books. Four years and ten books later I quit my day job for the freelancing life. Books I did: the illustrations, then the words as well.

Along the way I found a feel for American History. Really, it was there all along, thanks to Laura Ingalls.


Children's Book Council
National Geographic
Missouri Association of School Libraries

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
www.historychannel .com


Mimi (Squashface Barkymouth)

Oct. 30, 1996 ~ Apr. 5, 2007


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