Besides writing and illustrating, I enjoy being outdoors. I frequently hike, bike, canoe, and camp in our nation's forests. I strongly believe in protecting and preserving our natural environment.
When I draw and paint, I often use live models. I don't plan on having my illustrations look like my subjects. But I do try to capture something about them that lends to the personality of my character. For example, my husband posed for the picture below. Though I turned the picture into a child, the clothes are distinctively his. He is, after all, a nature lover, too!