Hi! I’m Cindy. I am an author and illustrator of children picture books based out of San Francisco. When I was a kid, I enjoyed taking photographs of my two cats, decorating miniature shoe boxes with armadillos, and creating creepy drawings of all my crushes.
When I got older, I went to theater school for many years where I trained to be a performer and a puppeteer. This is where I developed my storytelling skills. I think of a picture book as a stage for all the characters in my head to come to life. Getting them out helps me function, because otherwise, all those characters would start picking on one another.
Today, I still love armadillos, but ironically, I also love ants. My very first book as an author illustrator was How To Walk An Ant, and it was praised by Kirkus as “[a] freaky, bizarre delight” and “highly original” by Publishers Weekly. I also illustrated a poetry collection by Shannon Bramer called Climbing Shadows (Groundwood Books). I have some other books coming out in 2020 and 2021. So stay tuned for those.
All my illustrations are created in watercolor, India Ink, gouache, colored pencils and pastels. I also make my own paint brushes.
Some facts about me:
I used to be a puppeteer and performed all over the world. I was awarded by the Jim Henson Foundation and Puppet Animation Scotland to help create my work! Look at some photos here.
I lived in Glasgow and attended The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
I have a very unique laugh.
My favorite food is rice pudding.
I have a dog named Banjo who can walk on his hind legs and clap his front paws.