My mom! I originally got into this business of picture book writing with the hopes that my mom would illustrate my books. One quickly learns, however, that the first rule of publishing for us newbies is we have no say whatsoever in who the illustrator is. I still hold out hope that one day, after I'm a successfully established PB author extraordinaire, I'll get to collaborate with my mom, Teresa Maree Dudik!
Here are a few cards she has made for Nellie over the years: