About

Hi, I’m Zara.

I grew up in the great white North in a little bungalow in South Minneapolis and spent my childhood doodling and dreaming and listening to the colorful stories my dad told about growing up in Puerto Rico and New York. I popped down to Madison for college at UW-Madison where I almost majored in Computer Science but came back to Art in the end. After school I moved back home and worked in advertising doing interactive design at a variety of agencies for a number of years before slowly transitioning into doing more illustration. In 2011 I started a company that made apps for kids and managed to merge my love of art, kids and computers for awhile

After being settled in the Midwest for a zillion years, I went on a five year nomadic streak living in New York, San Francisco, Norfolk and finally settling in the DC Metro Area in a quirky mid-century modern house with a magical forest in the back.

I’m inspired by a zillion things, nature, travel, food, animals, Ed Emberley, Japanese packaging, and 80’s Saturday morning cartoons are a few of them.

I love working on projects big and small, so if you have something in mind, let’s talk!

If you’re interested in my art for children’s book work, please contact my agent Andrea Morrison at Writers House.