What makes you happy?

"my family, drawing, walking around our neighborhood, reading books to fall asleep, knitting hats for my daughter, summer weather, planting in my garden and seeing what grows, riding bicycles, almond milk lattes, and watching King of the Hill."

A native of the Detroit area, Denise's passion for illustration goes all the way back to the age of three, when she would draw portraits of her enormous extended family. After earning her BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, she worked every job from a server to sales associate, freelancing on the side and always dreaming of illustrating children's books.

She got her break in 2012, with If I Wrote A Book About You by Stephany Aulenback (published by Simply Read Books). Since then, her projects have included two children's activity books and The Yoga Game Series written by Kathy Beliveau. 

This coming year Denise has three illustrated books published; The Yoga Game in the Garden (2016) Simply Read Books, Where Are The Words? by Jodi McKay (Nov 2016) Albert Whitman & Co. and Phoebe Sounds it Out by Julie Zwillich (April 2017) Owlkids Books. Denise lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter. 

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