Thanks for visiting my site. Below are a few things about me.

 

WHO

I am a storyteller, graphic designer, artist, copywriter, and author-illustrator of picture books. As a designer rooted in brand development, I help others tell their stories through company identity, creative strategy, graphics, and brand style guides. My art is eclectic, just like me. I enjoy exploring different mediums when illustrating, but my favorite is acrylic paint with watercolor pencils, and a touch of digital magic.

 

WHERE

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada.


WHAT
- Wine with dessert
- Visiting new places
- Dogs & music (or dogs playing music - better but unlikely)


FIN

In January 2016, a few weeks after my 30th birthday, I pinned a picture to a board in my office that said, "Fin." It was a visual reminder that 2016 would be the year I FINALLY finished, and as importantly, shared my first book. The final draft was completed in December 2016. The last page of the book includes one of the characters holding a sign that says "Fin." It's a gift to me. Also, it's a continued reminder that thoughts become things, but ideas need a place to grow. They can't blossom in your head. Pull them out and put them into the world. Self-publishing Baxter The Dog Books has been a catalyst to learning about the publishing industry, meeting some wonderful people, and having a whole lot of fun.


FIRST "FAIL" 

At a reading during Nevada Reading Week, a first grader raised his hand during the question and answer at the end of my visit. He asked me, "Have you ever failed." So, this is for that kid. Thanks for the reminder that we start failing the minute we let out our first cry. My first fail and not my last was when I was ten. A friend and I attempted to start a babysitting business (too many Babysitter's Club books). The company was promptly closed before we took our first client when Mom discovered a very lengthy release of liability form that we had drafted ourselves. We knew the value of getting it in writing at a young age – ha!

Getting pushed off of a metaphorical cliff and taking a leap of faith are BOTH SCARY. There is no way to know if sharp rocks or a pile of marshmallows will be waiting at the bottom. 

 

My fingers are crossed for you. I hope you get the marshmallows.  

- Jennifer Hart

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FAVE QUOTES

"Do something you are afraid of every day."

- Eleanor Roosevelt

 

"Smile because it happened."

- Dr. Seuss

JUST
FOR FUN

I wrote the first draft of "Baxter Goes to Imagination Land" during a 10-hour flight on the back of a plane ticket.

FAVE PLACE
TO CREATE

On a train ride or long flight. Preferably travelling to or from a new place.

HART IN THE MEDIA

ACCOLADES & PRESS

2019-2022, Nevada Art Council's Artist's Roster

2021, Featured in SCBWI NV Write Riders

2021, PBS Kid Writer Contest Judge

2020, Featured on Channel 8, Pet Project

2020, Accepted at Henderson Libraries Indie
          Author Showcase, event canceled due to
          pandemic.

2020, Featured in Las Vegas Baby Magazine

2019, Featured at Henderson Libraries Indie
          Author Showcase

2018, Guest on Aspects of Writing 

2018, Guest on Writer's In Training

2018, Featured on MORE FOX 5

2018, Featured on Good Morning Las Vegas

2018, Featured in Las Vegas Baby Magazine

2018, Guest on Geeks Are Sexy Podcast

2018, Featured at Henderson Libraries Indie 
          Author Showcase

2017, Featured on MORE FOX 5

2017, Featured in Vegas Seven Online

2016, Featured in National Geographic 

PUBLISHED WORK

2021, Anthology Impressions: Isolate,

  Cover Design Finalist

2020, Baxter Meets His Monster

2018, Baxter Returns to Imagination Land,
          Coloring and Activity Book

2018, Baxter's Sweets and Treats

2017, Baxter Goes to Imagination Land

AWARDS

2021, SCBWI Nevada Mentorship 

2020, 5 Star Reader's Favorite

2017, 5 Star Reader's Favorite

2017, 1 Silver Addy, 2 Bronze Addy’s

2016, Designs featured in National Geographic

2014, 1 Gold, 1 Silver Addy

2013, 1 Gold Addy, 3 Silver Addy’s

2012, 1 Gold Addy, 1 Silver Addy

2011, 2-1st Place NPA

2010, 1-2nd Place NPA, 1-3rd Place NPA

2009, 1-1st Place NPA, 2 Bronze Addy’s

2008, 1-3rd Place CEA

MEMBERSHIPS

2021/ 2022 Story Storm Participant

2021, 12x12 Member

2018-Present, SCBWI Member

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

2021, Speaker at The Meadows School

2017, Speaker at Career Expo for DPDC

2014, Speaker at SAGG/UNLV

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Annual, Reading Week Author 

2019, Coffee House Tours, Exec Board

2018, Book For A Book Book Drive, Founder

2017, Noah’s Animal House, Event Fundraiser

2015, Three Square Food Bank, Volunteer

2015, Community In Schools, Volunteer
2014, Junior Achievements - Guest Teacher 
2011, PAC Committee at AILV 

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