I’m an artist and picture book illustrator from Juneau, Alaska, traditional Lingít aaní (Tlingit land).
I am an illustrator for picture books such as “Encounter,” “We Are Water Protectors” and “Shanyaak’utlaax: Salmon Boy,” winner of the 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Award for Best Picture Book. I also illustrate covers for chapter books, create personal art for purchase, and take on the occasional design project.
In recent years, my work has focused on Indigenous KidLit. I feel very honored to work with Indigenous authors and tribal organizations in the creation of beautiful and much-needed stories. I am an enrolled member of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. In Tlingit, my name is Sheit.een and I am of the Kiks.ádi Clan (Raven/Frog).
Following the artist path has enabled me to reconnect with my culture, and it’s become an anchor in a sea of overwhelming creative possibility. It’s been an incredibly enriching experience and I’ll keep learning and working to honor the culture and tribe.
I was raised in Juneau, Alaska, where I live today with my partner. Home is a small, cozy cabin by the sea, tucked away in the forest with a little studio down the trail. Our neighbors are a tight-knit community of wonderful people, dogs, whales, sea lions, bears, eagles and one particularly noisy murder of crows.
Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown for Young Readers
Macmillan Publishers – Roaring Brook Press
HarperCollins Publishers – HarperCollins Children’s Books
Webinar – Picture Books: The Interplay of Text and Art, hosted by Kweli Journal, September 2019
Book Chat with the Illustrator - Little, Brown for Young Readers
Panel speaker on The Picture Book Process, Kweli’s The Color of Children’s Literature Conference 2019, New York City, NY
Panel speaker on Making Children’s Books, Alaska Robotics 2018 Comic Con, Juneau, AK
Upcoming Picture Books
"Encounter" by Brittany Luby (published by Little, Brown for Young Readers, October 2019)
"We Are Water Protectors" by Carole Lindstrom (published by Roaring Brook Press, March 2020)
"My Baby Bundle" (final title TBD) by Tasha Spillett (published by Little, Brown for Young Readers, Spring 2021)
Past Picture Books
"Raven & the Tide Lady” an ancient Tlingit story (published by Sealaska Heritage Institute, 2018)
"How Devil's Club Came to Be" by Miranda Worl (published by Sealaska Heritage Institute, 2017)
"Let's Go! A Harvest Story" by Hannah Lindoff (published by Sealaska Heritage Institute, 2017)
"Shanyaak'utlaax – Salmon Boy" an ancient Tlingit story edited by Johnny Marks, Hans Chester, David Katzeek, Nora Dauenhauer, and Richard Dauenhauer (published by Sealaska Heritage Institute, 2017)
2019 Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Awardee
American Indian Youth Literature Award for Best Picture Book 2018 – "Shanyaak'utlaax – Salmon Boy"