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. Three more books have followed since then, The Great Googly Moogly, Lemur Dreamer and Home Tweet Home.
I just moved back to Wisconsin from England this January 2015 to join the Graphic Design and Illustration teaching department at Madison College. I do my best work at a wooden desk called Henry, overlooking the pine trees, with a snuffling spaniel, Charlie, at my feet.