Hello I'm Tessa.
I am a children's book illustrator and writer. Most days you can find me in my home studio located on a little island surrounded by tall trees and woodland creatures. I love beautiful textures, simple design, and creating delicate pencil drawings. Though I never fulfilled my childhood dream of becoming a dancer, I still express my appreciation for dance through my artwork. I also use my home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest as inspiration for my art.
In my spare time I create landscape paintings, paper dioramas, and stop motion videos which give added dimension and life to my illustrations.
I create because it brings joy and beauty to my life. I hope that others find as much joy as I do in my work.
I grew up in a military family in Orem, Utah, surrounded by lovely mountains. I have been an artist all my life. I drew pictures 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 received my BFA in illustration. I currently reside on Bainbridge Island, WA with my family where we garden and hike during the summer months.