Kendra spent her childhood in Nebraska, illustrating short stories, entering poster contests and creating "sellable" wares out of paper placemats.

Since graduating with her BFA from Chicago in 1996, Kendra has worked as a printmaker in both New York and Colorado and has been working as a graphic artist and designer at agencies in NYC and LA for over 15 years.

In 2012, Kendra took her first illustration course, and in 2013, she was hired to illustrate Edward Lear’s “Nonsense Alphabet,” “The Owl and the Pussycat,” and “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” ( The fourth book she illustrated, “You, the Magician,” was released in November 2014, and can be viewed at She has since illustrated for magazines and cookbooks, and is currently working on portraits for a coloring book about scientists. She sketches and paints daily, selling her art online and throughout the NYC area.

Kendra is now proudly represented by licensing agent Painted Words, and her artwork will be available in retailers in 2017.