About Me

My photo
Indiana, United States
I have done pictures since I can remember. I took all the art classes in junior high and high school I could and naturally became an art major in college. I graduated with a BFA in art and writing and marry the two by writing and illustrating children's books.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Dubois Area Reading Council

Thanks to the teachers in the Dubois Area Reading Council for inviting me to their fall meeting. After a tasty dinner in the Huntingburg Elementary Library and short business meeting, we talked about how to both write and create artwork for a picture book. I spoke about my personal history leading up to getting published and some philosophy behind my book(s):

• Why are my words so spare?
• Is this work "realism?"
• Why the focus on man and machine?

I think everyone had a good time and gained some insight. Melanie commented that she used Drive in her Title 1 class to teach predictability. Once she presents a spread and the kids talk about what's going on, she then asks, "what do you think is going to happen next?"