About Me

I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona by my wonderfully strange, smart and talented parents, Scott and Julie Berrie. In elementary school I spent my lunch breaks drawing pictures for the school newsletter and designing holiday displays for my classroom. I told everyone I wanted to draw for Disney. Gary Larson was my hero.

Though I continued my artistic endeavors all through middle and high school, I really began branching out with my work while attending the University of Arizona. There I discovered my love of illustration and painting, developing a life dream of becoming a children’s book illustrator. Frida Kahlo and Mark Ryden became my new inspirations. In May of 2007 I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Painting and Drawing.

On March 1st, 2008 I married my wonderful husband, Jeff Keeme. Together we own two companies here in Tucson. Our company My Black Dog Books develops children’s book apps, of which I am the main author and illustrator, allowing me to live my dream every day.

On April 29, 2011 we welcomed our son Adam and on July 7th, 2013 our son Zachary. We also have a beautiful Golden Retriever named Bailey.