About Me

I believe that every person in the world has a superpower - something unique that can transform and uplift those around them.  Surprisingly enough, I think mine is drawing crocodile eyebrows.

I trained as a figure painter for four years at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, USA.  Afterwards, I moved to South Korea to teach English for three years, and traveled for another year to Thailand, China, Indonesia, Costa Rica, and northern Iraq. 

One sunny afternoon in Iraq, I was accepted on to the MA Children's Book Illustration course at the Cambridge School of Art.  I moved to England in 2011, and halfway through the MA course, published my first picture book, Harold Finds A Voice, which was shortlisted in the UK for the 2014 Waterstones Book Prize.  Four more books have followed since then, The Great Googly Moogly, Lemur Dreamer, Home Tweet Home and A New School for Charlie.

I moved back to Wisconsin from England in 2015 to join the Graphic Design and Illustration teaching department at Madison Area Technical College.   You can find me most days in the Drawing Studio with charcoal fingerprints on my forehead.  I do my best work at a drawing desk called Henry, with a snuffling spaniel, Charlie, at my feet.