This is my story...so far. Thank you for being part of it. ♥
My passion is to create, learn and share with others. Every moment has the potential to become significant. I made a decision, in a seemingly insignificant moment, that changed the course of my entire life. In 2017, I left my job, started my own business, published my first book, sold my home and became a single lady again. It was quite a year. So, which decision was THE ONE that changed it all?
None of them, actually.
The decision that changed it all came about six months before any of the would-be life changes had presented themselves. This decision had nothing to do with the person I was with or my family back at home. My job was not a factor. Time and money had no say. On the way back from one of my own real adventures, I wrote a mostly made-up one about my dog, Baxter, on the reverse side of my plane ticket. You could say – doodling changed my life. On the surface, it was a simple act that I did to kill some time on a ten-hour flight. But, the fire was stoked as I stepped off the plane and hitched a ride home. All my childhood dreams of being an author and illustrator came rushing back to me. I spent six months feverishly working on what would become Baxter Goes to Imagination Land, my first published work. My childhood aspiration realized. I did it, clumsily, but I did it. And, with it came so much happiness, growth, and the beginning of a lot of change.
Getting pushed off of a metaphorical cliff and taking a leap of faith are BOTH SCARY and can create a mess. No doubt. There is no way to know if sharp rocks or a pile of marshmallows will be waiting at the bottom – luckily, Duct Tape, Neosporin, and Time seem to fix just about everything. If your adventure turns out anything like mine, so far, it will take you to places you didn't expect to be. For me, I couldn't be happier. Here's hoping you enjoy the ride and appreciate all those little not-so-insignificant moments that lead to the "big ones."
My fingers are crossed for you. I hope you get the marshmallows.
FACTS AND FUN
"Do something you are afraid of every day."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
"Smile because it happened."
- Dr. Seuss
Fun fact – the first draft of "Baxter Goes to Imagination Land" was written on the back of my plane ticket on a 10-hour flight.
On a train or long flight to or from a place that I've never been.
I am a curator of creativity—sharing stories to inspire people, make them laugh, and with luck, provoke thoughtful conversations as an author, illustrator, and brand developer.
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Living and working there still.
- 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 meant to be a reminder that 2016 would be the year I finished my first book. In October 2016, I wrote the first draft. The final illustration in the book includes one of the characters holding a sign that says "Fin." A little nod to the note I left to myself.
FIRST "FAIL" BUT NOT THE LAST
When I was 10, a friend and I attempted to start a babysitting business (too many Babysitter's Club books). The business was promptly closed before 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!
"Takes the imagination's wandering to delightfully absurd ends..." - Kirkus Reviews
"Can be described in one word – enchanting!" - Reader’s Favorite
"Engaging and refreshing." - Goodreads Reade
HART IN THE MEDIA
ACCOLADES & PRESS
2019-2022, Nevada Art Council's Artist's Roster
2018, Creative Director and Executive Officer of Coffee House Tours
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 on 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 Magazine Online
2016, Designs featured in National Geographic Magazine
2009 - 2017 AAF and NPA Award Winner
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