In 2014, I became a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In 2015, I attended my first SCBWI event, an illustration seminar entitled, The Hook of the Book, produced by the coordinators of the Michigan chapter. Incredibly, I won a 16-week mentorship with award-winning "artistrator," E. B. Lewis. The potting shed, the little girl poking the "meremouse," the flying saucer/gas station, and the pirate ship were all homework assignments.
Before attending my second SCBWI event, the Midwest Conference in Chicago in 2016, I began writing/illustrating a midgrade trilogy based on the characters in the potting shed illustration.