Deidre the Illustrator

According to Deidre, the fact that she is illustrating children’s books is baffling. The pieces are there though: her artistic nature, her creativity, her newly-found technical skills, and — lo! and behold! — an actual history of dabbling in art.

In the fall of 2017, Deidre was asked to speak at the Great American Teach-In for a couple of her local elementary schools. Not a natural speaker (see I.S.A.D. graphic), Deidre waffled on what would be her first official speaking engagement as an author and illustrator. She had a clear understanding of how she had become an author, but where did the illustrator come from? Where? Where, man?! 

After a little reflection and self-discovery, she realized the potential had been there all along. She had presented a bit of raw talent in her youth but, aside but dabbling, never gave it much credit. But she dabbled. A lot. In all sorts of things. She experimented with pencil, charcoal, watercolor, and oils; three dimensional art, framing of art, and most recently, digital art; and various styles of art as well, from realism to the abstract. But like her writings, it was subtle and simply…an interest.

However, as she perused her small portfolio of works, she realized she actually is an artist! She humbly admits her work is far from ground-breaking — and having had no formal instruction her skills are honed by what she calls error and instinct — but yet, there it is…art.

Today, she uses a combination of her skills to produce both hand-drawn art and photograph-based digital art. She illustrates all of her own children’s books and designs her own cover art. Her skills also expand into marketing and advertising as she creates all her own marketing materials. Then, as of April 2019, she became co-founder and designer/illustrator at Mannison Press, LLC, a small, independent publisher.

So, as unlikely as it all was, you’d better believe she’s pretty darn proud of herself.


Below, you can find a sampling of Deidre’s art from across the years. Each piece is captioned with details.

And now some of my more current works!

Wow, you made it all the way down here? Thanks!! Seriously, thanks for going down my little rabbit hole of old art 🙂  Hope you enjoyed it.