Courtney grew up in small towns across East Texas. Her favorite times were the summers she stayed with her grandmother on their old family farm. The days melted into each other while she studied clouds, hiked in the woods and caught grasshoppers (and on one very memorable day, a butterfly). When the Texas sun was too hot, she retreated indoors, to sit under the window unit and read. Ancient paperbacks with non existent or tattered covers, creepy gossip magazines that featured aliens and batboys and the daily newspaper comic were her favorites (and the daily She-Ra cartoon).
She discovered she could draw when she impressed her highly critical little sister with a drawing of the Genie from Aladdin. She doodled on notebooks and did drawings for friends all through elementary, middle and high school but didn’t take art seriously until she took an world art history class in college. Then, (thanks to a wonderful teacher) she took it extremely seriously and transferred from majoring in Government to Studio Art at the University of Texas at Austin.
After many days covered in charcoal and paint, she got married, had a baby, moved to the east coast, had two more babies, and drew and painted and wrote in her spare time.
She still loves to look at clouds, hang out under trees and retreat indoors when the weather is bad to read and draw.
Her first book, “Maya was Grumpy” was published in 2013, by Flashlight Press.
Her second written & illustrated picture book, “DRAGONS RULE, PRINCESSES DROOL! ” will be released in May 2, 2017 from Little Simon, Simon & Schuster.
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