Saint Louis, MO


I create fun, kid-friendly art for storybooks, curriculum, magazines, and a variety of children’s products. Based in St. Louis, MO, I work with publishers and product developers throughout the United States.


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11820 Tesson Ferry Rd. #205
St. Louis, MO 63128



Art & Whimsy Blog

Heart Art

The Art of the Heart Last year I posted a piece about the childhood experience of exchanging Valentine’s in school. That post focused mainly on store bought cards. The other side of that experience was the times when we were allowed to make our own cards. Art... read more

The Art of Anxiety

A Terrible Turn As a children’s book illustrator, I’ve been called upon to create a fair number of images that depict high anxiety, in a whimsical way. The cover shown above was for a fun devotional activity book. Since a number of the devotionals centered... read more

Space Cadet

Night Movies I like films about space travel. Real space travel. I should explain, with great apologies to most people I know, I don’t mean sci-fi. I liked the original Star Wars.. It was new and technologically dazzling (at the time), but I was more into its... read more

Toys Were Us

I want a Cootie Bug . . . If you grew up Christmas observant, your annual ritual may have included the visit to Santa to share your memorized list of toys. If not, maybe you’ll still find something herein to appreciate. The Missouri History Museum in St. Louis... read more

Music in the Key of Whimsy

Strings, Pipes, and Loud Clashing Cymbals!  So what’s with all these cartoony musicians I keep plastering all over social media? Thanks for asking. There is a bit of a backstory for why I do so many musical images, especially since I’m known more for... read more

True Colors

 Meet John Gnagy. From five years old onward, a fair number of my Christmas or birthday gifts were art related. My talent was identified early, and encouraged with a variety of creative aids. On that fifth Christmas I received a deluxe John Gnagy art kit. John Gnagy... read more