I have been illustrating and designing professionally for over 30 years. It wasn’t until after my daughter was born that I realized I belonged in children's publishing and it was several more years before I accepted the fact that I had a lot to learn in order to start over and succeed in a new venue. I have since spent hundreds of hours devoted to just that.

The hard work has paid off. In 2009 I was chosen by the Nevada Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) to work with award winning children’s book author/illustrator, Yuyi Morales, in their Mentor Program. In 2011 I received a Northern California SCBWI Conference Grant based on my children’s illustrations. I'm excited about what the future holds.

Along with illustrating, I code and design websites. You can see my illustration and website portfolio at www.KristenSchwartz.com or you can contact me to discuss projects you have that you would like me to bid.

Thanks for checking out my blog. I started it to share my journey and I'm glad you're here.