Collaborated with choreographer/dance artist Erica Badgeley to create a 16 minute dance film, Heritance, which we premiered at two online events in 2021



Participated in Like Mother… exhibit at Vashon Center for the Arts, Vashon Island, WA


Textile work featured in Fiber Fest 2020, at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island, WA


Corral, solo installation show at Method Gallery, Seattle, WA

TROIKA Still Life,  joint collaborative installation show with Julie Paschkis and Deborah Merskyat the Bitters Co. barn, Mount Vernon, WA


Created and curated, What Would Betsy Ross Do?, a community-based art exhibit showcasing creative reactions to the political climate of the United States. ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, WA


The Greek Series, relief prints, Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle WA


Illustration work featured in Children Should Be Seen, The Eric Carle Museum, Amherst MA; Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah NY; Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles CA


Illustration work featured in A Decade of Children’s Book Illustration, The Art Institute of Chicago,  Chicago, IL

Grants and Awards:

2020 4Culture Art Project Grant to create a collaborative dance piece and costumes relating to woman/mother/daughter series garment-based work which became Heritance, a dance film.

 1998 – Present: Illustrating and writing books for children

Self-authored books:

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed, 2003, Harcourt

Caldecott Honor Award recipient
Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year
Nick Jr. a Best Book of the Year

Included in BuzzFeed’s 2015 list: “23 Feminist Books Every Child Should Read”

Best Best Friends, 2006, Harcourt

ALA Notable Books List 2007
2006 Booklist Editors’ Choice
2006 Nick Jr. “Best Book About Best Friends”

Books by other authors include:

Where Lily Isn’t, by Julie Paschkis, 2020, Laura Godwin Books (Holt)

Boom Boom, by Sarvinder Naberhaus, 2014, Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster)

Dinosaur Thunder, by Marion Dane Bauer, 2012, Scholastic

Light Up The Night, by Jean Reidy, 2011, Hyperion

Colorado Book Award winner

Apple Pie 4th of July, by Janet Wong, 2002, Harcourt

APALA Illustration Award
Texas 2 X 2 Reading List
IRA Notable Books for a Global Society
Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Recommended Book

Hello, Arctic!, by Theodore Taylor, 2001, Harcourt

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award winner

BUZZ, by Janet Wong, 2000, Harcourt

School Library Journal Best Children’s Book[s] of 2000
CCBC Choice
LA Times Best children’s Book(s) of 2000
ABA’s Pick of the Lists
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award

2012- Present: Books Around The Table:

Children’s book blog about aspects of writing, art, and illustrating. Published jointly with Julie Paschkis, Laura Kvasnosky, Julie Larios and Bonny Becker.

1982 – 2005: Commercial/Editorial Illustrator

My client list includes, but is not limited to:

Perrier Water: Artist Series of bottle illustration

Levi Strauss and Co: Levi’s For Women campaign

The Entertainment Weekly: “The Piano” review article

Random House: Ecoliteracy jacket art

Harper Collins: Always Coming Home, [Ursula K. Le Guin], interior illustrations

Athenaeum Books: Tehanu; A Wizard of Earthsea; The Tombs of Atuan; The Farthest Shore [Ursula K. Le Guin], jacket art

The Atlantic Monthly

Utne Reader

Community Engagement and Service:

2011 – 2018: Created and published Pebbles In The Jar blog; a resource and forum for parents interested in bringing the arts to their schools. ­

2013 – 2014: Served on the Board of Directors of the Velocity Dance Center in Seattle.

2010 -2013: Created The Flatstock Project at a Seattle high school, and for three years guided a group of teenagers through the process of designing posters from concept development through revisions to screenprinting their own editions. The posters were sold to raise money for the school enrichment programs.

2000 – 2013: Arts Liaison for Seattle Public School District. Collaborated with staff, students, parents and artists. Worked within tight budget framework. Initiated fundraising campaigns.

Lectures and Presentations:

2019: Guest speaker at Mazza Museum Fall conference, University of Findlay, Findlay, OH

2007: Week long residency, Mission School District literacy program, Mission, TX

2005: Guest presenter, International Reading Association Conference, Chicago, IL

2002 – 2012: Frequent presenter at meetings and conferences for the Western Washington SCBWI

2000 – 2014: Guest speaker at K-12 schools across the US


BA In Art, BA In Anthropology, 1986, University Of Oregon, USA – Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa