I am excited and open to book cover projects and picture books!
I'm a freelance illustrator from Austin, Texas and new to Manitou Springs, CO with a style rooted in midcentury influence, through the lens of a modern existence. I focus on a representation of repeat patterns and texture in our natural world, observations of daily life, and messages of strength and acceptance, via hand-lettered typography. This love of smaller details-- a cluster of mismatched city buildings, lush color in an old quilt, variations in a garden-- is what I bring to my work: an appreciation for the lovely little things in life.
Let's open the visual world that your words have brought to life!
Some of my previous clients include National Geographic Learning, the American Federation for Teachers, and Ladybug Magazine. I am a lover of books (even below my reading level) and have a massive collection of inspiration at hand, always!
Self-Publishing Client Testimonials:
"Caitlin's illustrations have transformed the scientific text [of my book] into a charming story of sharing knowledge and collective action to inspire us all to help the world stay cool for the next generation... I just compare [her] art to almost anything else on the market, and it's a different level... [Her] aesthetic is what has made this book so wonderful!" --Marianna Linz, author of "Cool For You"
“Caitlin was a dream collaborator! Her art is as incredible as I'd hoped, & she was communicative & receptive to my feedback, & even found ways to make sure I could get the art I needed within my budget. I can't wait to work with her again!” —Audrey Taylor Ward, author of “Rebel Risen”
“Working with Caitlin was such a pleasure! She is so easy-going and does great work. She answered every question that I asked and she also pointed things out to me that I hadn't thought of. I will definitely work with her again for my next book cover!” —Karen Reed-Denson, author of “The Permanent Smile”
"Working with Caitlin to design the cover of my memoir, The Freedom to Wonder, was one of the highlights of my year in 2020. She was an excellent communicator and demonstrated great care for the project, making sure that as her client, my cover art looked exactly how I wanted and needed it to look *and* feel. At times when I was indecisive, she patiently walked me through my different options and offered her professional opinion, which always turned out to be the right call. The final cover design Caitlin illustrated and designed for my book turned out to be absolutely stunning. I always get compliments from readers and curious onlookers, which as an author, makes me feel extra proud of my title. If you're looking to work with a talented illustrator and book cover designer with a *ton* of heart, I highly recommend getting into contact with Caitlin. You won't be disappointed!" --Snow White Bui, author of "The Freedom to Wonder"
“It was a true pleasure working with Caitlin. She is unfailingly professional, prompt, and efficient with getting the final product to me. I recommend her highly!” —Jeff Kerr, author of “The Republic of Jack”
"It was a joy working with Caitlin on the cover design for my book. She is an extremely good communicator and she guided me through the process with skill and precision. I am still amazed at how quickly she grasped the concept and mood I had in mind and brought it to life in her own unique, vibrant, and colorful style. Thank you, Caitlin, for your dedication to this project—I look forward to working with you again!" -- Mike Landon, author of "The Corner of Now and Then"
“I fell in love with Caitlin's portfolio of illustrations from the start, and working with her over the last few months simply solidified that we were the perfect match. With this being my first self-published work, she was incredibly patient while I tracked down various specifications she needed in order to complete her work. She respected my input, although I tried to offer as much creative license as I could given my positive impression of her other work. Even with planned and unplanned disruptions to our schedule, she promptly completed the work and delivered a book cover that knocked it out of the park. I can't wait to start marketing my book and giving her all the credit she deserves for wrapping it in such beautiful art!” —Christy Hughes, author of “Strong Roots, Wayward Soul”
“Caitlin was amazing! Not only was her artwork beautiful and powerful, it was what I wanted and so much more. She took an idea of my book and created a cover and back cover that will impress prospect readers. She really out did herself. She was also very communicative, and emailed me whenever she had a question or needed me to clarify something. This was my first time collaborating with a cover artist and it definitely was an amazing experience. I would love to work with her again.” — Lia Athena, author of “Rainbow Plague”
“Caitlin took the vision I had for the cover of my memoir and created an even more captivating design than I anticipated. She's an undeniably talented artist with a keen eye for detail. Communication between us flowed seamlessly, paving the way for a pleasant collaboration. If you're looking for a gifted creative with exceptional work ethic, look no further. Caitlin's the woman for the job!” —Geraldine Estevez, author of “Collecting Specimens: A Memoir”
"Caitlin was a pleasure to work with and a true professional. We were able to work closely together to come up with a book cover I love and which represents everything I was hoping for about my book. She contributed excellent design ideas based upon carefully scrutinizing the materials I sent her representing what I was looking for. She demonstrated great flexibility on working with me through a number of issues which required my input - e.g. exact book length, print book measurement specifications, etc. - while she created the cover. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Caitlin and highly recommend her." --Glenn Fisher, author of "The Blue Tarp"
"Amazing! Caitlin listened to my jumbled mess of thoughts, wants, and needs and somehow turned them into an incredible cover that I am excited and proud to show the world. Could not be happier with the experience." --Brian Livingston, author of "The Habits of Squirrels"
"Caitlin has been amazing to work with. She has taken my less than clear needs/wants and created my book cover that is even greater/better than envisioned. She answered my questions quickly, clearly explained how the process works, was always sensitive to my lack of experience and knowledge, and has been at all times supportive and encouraging. I will call on her again in the future." --Steven Roberts, author of "Baking is Messy and So is Life"
"Working with Caitlin was a wonderful experience! She was very patient answering my questions and guiding me to choose the right cover for my book. She brought the vision I had to life and went above and beyond when designing the different formats. It was a real pleasure working with her and I strongly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a professional, friendly and punctual cover designer. I will definitely reach out to Caitlin for my future books!" --Bahora Saitova, author of "Add Color To My Sunset Sky"