Photo by  Leah Hedberg

Photo by Leah Hedberg

 

Hello and thank you for visiting.

I make paintings and illustrations for books, greeting cards, fine-art reproduction, custom commission, and gallery exhibition. I also license my work for a variety of uses. I love drawing animals and natural subject matter as well as developing unique characters for books and stories. My studio is located east of Portland, Oregon in the town of Trout Lake, Washington.

Before transitioning to a full-time freelance career in art, I was a K-12 Spanish teacher for nearly 10 years. As a second-language teacher, I loved the challenge of bridging expressive landscapes and found illustrated books to be one of the most profound and elevating mediums for reaching new places and ways of being. I have been a member of the SCBWI since 2012 and currently serve as a coordinator with Gorge Artists, working to help promote artists and the Arts in the Columbia River Gorge region. My husband and I enjoy exploring the nearby forests and fixing up our old homestead in the foothills of Mt. Adams.

I am passionate about publishing projects that delight and inspire and have an appreciation for the details that bring quality and spark to the process and outcome of each project. Many thanks for your visit and may we walk paths that bring joy.

Best wishes,

Joanna