We will kick off AIM getting your creative juices flowing with the help of professional illustrator Nancy Carlson. Nancy will share her journey as an author and illustrator of picture books which began with Harriet, a sweet and loveable golden retriever. A graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Nancy has spent her career of over 40 years of making art. Starting with illustrating picture books, to continuing her early practice of doing fine art in which she often uses animals in her imagery.
Nancy will also share the journey of her husband’s horrible form of dementia, called FTD, which she turned into a blog called Putting One Foot in Front of The Other. During this time, she began doing a daily doodle which she drew and posted for over 10 years!
Nancy loves to teach kids and adults to draw so grab a pencil and paper and you can follow along at the end of her presentation. You will be left with inspiration and the knowledge of the importance your artwork has for you and others in your life.
Nancy Carlson has written and illustrated more than 60 children’s books since 1979. Here is what the Publishers Weekly review said about Nancy’s book titled I LIKE ME : “The foundation of a healthy self-image, the cornerstone of a happy and successful life, is what Carlson’s work is all about.”
In late fall 2012, Nancy heard two words from a neurologist that would rock the happy life she had created with her husband Barry McCool. Those words were frontotemporal dementia (FTD). So the journey with FTD began!
What does an author and illustrator do when the family has no health insurance, is one rent check away from being homeless, has a husband swearing at her all day long and the IRS breathing down her back? She keeps creating! Nancy continued to do books, but she also created a blog called “Putting One Foot In Front of the Other.” Nancy is working on a graphic style memoir about her husbands FTD Journey.