Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Snowflake Bentley


Aren't snowflakes just amazing?


I'm sure you have seen Mary Azarian's illustrations in Snowflake Bentley.  I love them, in fact this is the book that set me on my illustration path.  After seeing this book, I thought to myself, I have to do this, whatever this IS, it's what I want to create. 

I think like many new moms I fell in love with picture books.  I would collect them for my children and read to them everyday.  When my youngest went to preschool I volunteered in the school library.  It was there that I studied my favorites and when I ran across Snowflake Bentley my heart went a-flutter! 

Through that school librarian I connected with a local illustrator.  That illustrator, an SCBWI member, graciously answered all my newbie questions and introduced me to the SCBWI.  I'm so thankful beyond words! I'm thankful to that librarian, the artists who inspire me with their amazing work and my peers in this profession who have encouraged me along with the way.  And it all started with a snowflake.

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