Maps! I remember the wonder and excitement I felt when I unfolded my first giant map insert inside National Geographic magazine. I would collect them and hang them all over my bedroom walls, staring at them and studying every detail. Now, several decades later, maps still command my attention, more than ever! Over the past 10 years I’ve been creating maps for various outlets — editorial (books and magazines), promotional (web) and personal use. In my gallery of maps you’ll see a range of styles — I enjoy experimenting with various media and techniques to best match the personality of the content. Every map is different, an exciting journey of discovery. Each one I create takes on a unique life of its own. During the research and the planning, I end up learning so much. That is partly what makes creating maps so much fun for me!
I am a biology major, amateur naturalist, worldwide traveler, ex-zookeeper and former art director and illustrator for Reader’s Digest. Now I am an independent mapmaker based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (located between two of the largest freshwater lakes in the world — Lake Superior is #1, Lake Michigan is #4). The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is home to the American Geographical Society Library, which contains over 1.3 million items supporting map instruction, research and learning. The collection includes maps, atlases, books, periodicals, photographic and film media, and geospatial data.
When I’m not creating maps, I’m very likely reading about them or using one to explore the world! I enjoy outdoor adventures like hiking, mountain biking and kayaking, and am always on the lookout for the next cool map to add to my collection.
I’d love to work with you to illustrate a custom map that best fits your own needs. Shoot me a message if you want to work together!