About Me

Denise grew up outside of Detroit with her mother and enormous extended family. She has been drawing since the age of three, starting with portraits of her aunts and uncles. Denise attended The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and earned her BFA in 2003. After graduating, Denise worked everything from a server to a sales associate until she saved up enough money to pursue her dream of illustrating children's books. In 2012, after 6 years of freelancing, her hard work and perseverance paid off when she was asked to illustrate If I Wrote A Book About You by Stephany Aulenback, published by Simply Read Books. Since then she has worked on a variety of projects, including The Yoga Game series and 2 children's activity books. Denise currently lives in Chicago, IL with her husband and daughter. 


  • If I Wrote A Book About You (Simply Read Books) 2014

  • We ♥ Nature! (Roost Publications) 2014

  • The Yoga Game by the Sea (Simply Read Books) 2015

  • The Giant Book of Creativity for Kids (Roost Publications) March 2015 

  • The Yoga Game in the Garden (Simply Read Books) 2015



  • 2013 Work/Life 3 (Uppercase Directory of Illustration)
  • 2012 What I Wore Today (Octopus)
  • 2011 Toffee Magazine Issue No. 2
  • 2010 Mish Mish Mish (Moncho Ediciones)
  • 2010 'Stache (Lark Books)
  • 2009 Say What (Chicago Young Authors)
  • 2007 10,000 Tons of Black Ink (Literary Writers Network)


  • 2009 Daily Candy (Nisee Made Stationery)
  • 2008 LMNOP Issue 5


  • 2013 Semi Finalist in Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search
  • Member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators


  • Illustrating Picture Books
Picture Books


Simply Read Books | Roost Books |