I'm a self-taught artist and lover of books! They have been my favorite way to learn at the beginning, and are still an endless source of inspiration and pleasure... I wouldn't be the artist I am today if it weren't for those who have lit the way and generously shared their gifts, whether creative or spiritual... and pretty often both!

Below is a selection from my bookshelf that I am delighted to share with you! I have really enjoyed these and my absolute favorites are marked with a star ⭐︎. Most of them link to amazon.com where you'll often find the "look inside" option to find out more. Some might be out of print but you can usually find them second-hand.


Art books

mixed media & Collage

Unfurling by Misty Mawn

Taking Flight by Kelly Rae Roberts


Plaster Studio by Stephanie Lee - Judy Wise


Layered Impressions by Kathie Kendrick


 Storytelling with Collage by Roxanne Evans Stout


Collage Discovery by Claudine Hellmuth

Creative Illustration Workshop by Katherine Dunn

Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists by Carla Sonheim


Acrylic Revolution by Nancy Reiner

Brave Intuitive Painting by Flora Bowley


Painted Blossoms by Carrie Schmitt

Daring Adventures in Paint by Mati Rose McDonough

journaling and book arts

True Vision: Authentic Art Journaling by L.K. Ludwig

The Elemental Journal by Tammy Kushnir


1,000 Artists' Books: Exploring the Book as Art by Peter & Donna Thomas

Books I'm a contributor to!

Find your Style by Kristal Norton

Incite 2: Color Passions by Tonia Jenny

Incite 3: The Art of Storytelling by Tonia Jenny

Incite 4: Relax, Restore, Renew by Tonia Jenny

Creative sparks

on Creativity and being an artist

On Becoming an Artist by Ellen J.Langer

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert


Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke


The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp


Desire to Inspire by Christine Mason Miller

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

Creative Living & activities

The Artist Within by Whitney Ferre

The Little Spark by Carrie Bloomston


Living Out Loud by Keri Smith

Cultivating your Creative Life by Alena Hennessy

Green Guide for Artist by Karen Michel

Inside the Creative Studio by Cate Prato

inner growth

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

Unfurl by Meghan Genge


The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo


Ask and it is Given by Abraham-Hicks

Emergence by Derek Rydall


Awakening the Heroes Within by Carol S. Pearson

Happy reading!