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  My Childhood:

I was born at Kipling, Saskatchewan, the only leftie in my family, my school and my community. Growing up with a family of four siblings on a farm near Peebles, Saskatchewan had its challenges and its rewards. I do not ever recall feeling bored! My imagination and creativity filled that void. I had the freedom to explore. Spaces and places became magical and enchanting. It seems natural for me to include those imaginative experiences in my art and my stories.

As a child, I came across some illustrated books stuffed into a corner. I remember clearly to this day, the excitement I felt in seeing the images. They had an enormous impact on me. Many years later I was to discover them to be the works of artists and illustrators such as Randolph Caldecott, Arthur Rackham and Anton Pieck. I love exploring children’s book illustration.

My first art table was an old 24" x 36" blackboard, which was actually green in color. It was held up with two sturdy boxes. A homemade pencil case made by my Mom, an old school pencil and pink pearl eraser and some scrap paper completed my art world.  I spent many happy hours creating illustrations and stories.


My Influences and Inspirations

Interactions and observations in nature continue to influence my work.  I am intrigued by nature’s colors, patterns and rhythms. I take every opportunity to explore. It nurtures my creativity and provides a wealth of inspiration for me.

I love to create characters from images I see in nature’s patterns, wood, fabric, or even crumbled paper. They just pop up before my eyes. I add my imagination and the pencil or brush does the rest.  I do lots of soft thumbnail sketches in pencil and work in my studio, many hours each day.  I have a vivid imagination. I am happiest when I was creating.


What I am up to today

I currently live in Alameda, Saskatchewan. I am married, have two married children and 5 awesome grandchildren. I feel incredibly blessed to have the endless support of my husband Glenn, and my family. Over the years, I have had many different jobs, and I always drew pictures on scraps paper at every break, at every job. I worked as a librarian for our local library and later I as a librarian within the school system. I loved my interactions with children and books. These experiences lead me to working as a freelance illustrator.

Today I work full time at Swallow’s Art Nest Studio as an artist/illustrator. I began working in oils and dabbling in numerous other art mediums, I now work mainly in acrylics, pen and ink and prismacolor pencils. I create opportunities to fill my life with children and share in the excitement of imagination and creating! I create children picture book illustrations, book and magazine covers, paint nature and teach art classes. I am continually inspired by nature and love adding humor to my illustrations. If you'd like a peek at my studio and inspirational environment, please check out this recent interview in the CANSCAIP Newsletter.

Working as an artist/illustrator, I look forward to every opportunity to create picture books and share my creativity with others. It is my sincere hope that my work takes you into your world of imagination.

Artwork and Text ©2019 Swallow's Art Nest
Treaty 2 Territory, Alameda, Saskatchewan, Canada
For further information please contact Judy: judy@swallowsartnest.com
Last updated May 2019