Hello I'm Tessa.


I am a children's book illustrator and designer. Most days you can find me in my home studio with my cat, Willow, and my piano, Mason and Hamlin, drawing and painting the day away. I enjoy working with paper because it feels like a creative puzzle that I get to put together.  I like the freedom of being able to change the composition by freely moving and layering the pieces of paper,  making the creative process more flexible. When I'm not creating with paper I enjoy using watercolor, gouache, and creating delicate pencil drawings.


My work is inspired by the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and all of my adventures across the globe. I create because it brings joy to my life. I hope that others find as much joy as I do in my work.


About me


I grew up in a military family in Orem, Utah, surrounded by lovely mountains. I have been an artist all my life. When I was younger, I drew pictures using colored pencils and crayons, and gave them to teachers, doctors, and the tooth fairy (she was my hero) because I knew it would bring a smile to their face. After high school I stayed local and attended Brigham Young University, where I majored in illustration and received my BFA in 2014. I currently reside in Seattle with my husband where we go sailing and camping during the summer months.


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