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 sells her art online and throughout the NYC area.

In late 2016, Kendra was awarded the A. Eric Arctander grant from the Putnam Arts Council for her watercolor paintings.

In early 2017, Kendra signed on with licensing agents Lori Nowicki and Liz Wain of Painted Words, and her artwork will be available in retailers beginning the summer of 2017.

Kendra recently illustrated the crowd-funded "The Historical Heroines Coloring Book: Women in Science," which was featured in the Kickstarter newsletter as a "Project We Love," and is now available for pre-order on Amazon.