About Me

I am an illustrator and designer who loves to create illustrations for children. I fell in love with Children's Books before I could even read and their illustrations have influenced my work ever since!  I grew up taking art lessons from teachers and at the Cincinnati Art Museum on Saturday mornings. When I was in high school, I was chosen to attend the Cincinnati Art Academy Honors program to learn life drawing. Then I was accepted into the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP) which I paid for by working for a Typesetter and learning the trade. At DAAP I studied Graphic Design and then Art Education with a concentration in Drawing (and had enough credits for Printmaking too!). I had classes in oil painting, ceramics, fiber arts, metal work, sculpture... pretty much everything! I did my student teaching at The School of Creative and Performing Arts (the one Sarah Jessica Parker attended!)  I started freelancing right out of college in 1989 while I was an Art Teacher at a public Middle School in Cincinnati, and then after had the privilege of working in-house for one of the largest ad agencies in the country creating illustrations and graphics for companies like Wendy's, and later for a small book publisher creating book covers and illustrations. My freelancing has covered everything in between! I have always loved vintage children's books and retro design which tends to be reflected in my work. If my illustrations remind you of memories of your own childhood or just bring a smile to your face now, I have done my job. :)

I currently live in the lovely area of Lancaster, Pennsylvania with my wonderful husband Craig of almost 25 years, surrounded by books and plenty of art supplies! I have two big kids in college, Caroline & Nathaniel, who've been my muses as they were growing up: our little adventures inspire many stories!

Please contact me if you would like to talk about creating illustrations for your next project or if you'd just like to send a note to me.  And don't forget to sign up to receive news! (See below)

Thank you so much for visiting my site!

Bethany

 

 

Former clients & featured work:  Wendy's International, Pioneer Stereo, Worthington Foods, Ballet Met, The James Cancer Hospital, the State of Ohio Governor's office, Columbus Children's Hospital, Reporter Typographics, Destiny Image Publishers, Ohio Weslyan University, The Ohio State University, The Franklin County Area Development Corp., BSB/Leff & Squicciarini Advertising & Public Relations, Premier Solutions Group, The Columbus Dispatch, Inc. Magazine

 

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