About the Author
Tari, what inspired you to do the illustrationsÂ in this children book?
Bronwen asked me to do the drawings.Â She said that she wanted very simple “stick figures” and that this was to be a coloring book.Â I don’t mind confessing that I was terrified by this request.Â I am a potter not an illustrator…that is really my mother’s forte.Â I pondered and pondered how to do stick figures for a coloring book…after all, true stick figures are just, well, boring!Â I really prayed about this assignment and the drawings in the book are what evolved.
How long did it take you to do the illustrations?
It took months for me to complete the book…mostly because I was afraid to disappoint Bronwen. Secondly because if I couldn’t draw at just the right time of day my hand would shake too badly for me to make a decent Mom, or sister, etc.
Where wereÂ you born?
I am what is known as an Air Force BRAT.Â Yes, that brat is in capital letters that are about 6 feet tall.Â I was actually born at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington.Â But Dad was transferred when I was almost 2.Â So, I can say, like that country song, “I’ve been ev’rywhere, man. I’ve been ev’rywhere.”
LOL… When did youÂ start to draw?