Laurie Keller

Laurie Keller

When Laurie was growing up in Muskegon, Michigan, She entertained herself for hours at a time doing art -- drawing, painting, sculpting clay - She loved all of it. By the age of nine, She kept a sketchbook of her drawings -- Her most prized possession at the time. “I was "passionate about my art" and felt I should therefore become a real artist one day.” Laurie was sidetracked in college, taking classes in education and dancing and performing with the college’s repertory dance tour company. It wasn’t until 5 years later that she attended an art show at Kendall College of Art and Design that she realized that she could make a career using her art skills.

After graduating she went to work for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri, as a greeting card artist. During the seven-and-a-half years she was there, she grew artistically, and frequently got the chance to write and create her own cards. She discovered that illustration and writing went hand in hand. Lisa had always liked writing stories as a kid, but had no formal training as a writer. She also became a collector of children's books, and dreamt one day doing her own. To make a long story short . . . her dream came true! “I feel so blessed to be able to illustrate and write for a living. It's what I would spend my days doing whether I got paid for it or not. I've met so many amazing people along the way and meeting kids at bookstore signings and school talks has been the highlight of it all.”

Laurie’s website is http://lauriekeller.com

Year: 

08
14

Grade: 

2-3