Thanks for visiting my site. Below are a few things about me.
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.
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Wine with dessert
- Visiting new places
- Dogs & music (or dogs playing music - better but unlikely)
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.
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
"Do something you are afraid of every day."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
"Smile because it happened."
- Dr. Seuss
I wrote the first draft of "Baxter Goes to Imagination Land" during a 10-hour flight on the back of a plane ticket.
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
2020, Featured in Las Vegas Baby Magazine
2019, Featured at Henderson Libraries Indie
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
2017, Featured on MORE FOX 5
2017, Featured in Vegas Seven Online
2016, Featured in National Geographic
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
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
2021/ 2022 Story Storm Participant
2021, 12x12 Member
2018-Present, SCBWI Member
2021, Speaker at The Meadows School
2017, Speaker at Career Expo for DPDC
2014, Speaker at SAGG/UNLV
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