I created my own company in 2017 and published my own version of "The Owl and the Pussycat Went to Sea," featuring the poetry of Edward Lear with my illustrations. I have also created art for book covers, painted family portraits, designed wedding invitations and certificates, and created promotional materials like postcards and t-shirts.
I am the director of a non-profit community arts organization in Central Indiana devoted to lifting up artists and uniting arts efforts in 5 towns. I am responsible for the organization's finances, fundraising, estrategic planning and overall operations. Through this role, I have had the opportunity to meet and collaborate with hundreds of artists and gained invaluable experience in executing artistic projects on time and on budget.
I worked at this world-class museum for over a decade, ending my time there as the Director of Interpretation. During my tenure as director, I led many story-telling projects, including "The Prairietown Adventure," an interactive, daily experience that was structured like a role-playing game. I led the research team that tested the game, developed the activities and props, and created most of the illustrations for the project.
Katie O’Toole’s epic adventure began in The Spirit Keeper (Plume 2013) when she was rescued from a 1747 frontier massacre in Pennsylvania only to find herself chosen as the “Spirit Keeper” of a dying Indian Seer. She hesitated to accept this mysterious obligation until she fell in love with the Seer’s bodyguard, an Indian man she called Hector.In The Gift of the Seer, Katie and Hector continue... read more
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10+ years illustrating and designing picture books and early chapter books. Cute kids and fun animals are my favorite things to illustrate.
I'm a freelance illustrator with over fifteen years of professional experience. I'm known for my bold line work and intricate compositions.