I've illustrated and written more than 60 books - picture books, board books, poems, folk tales, ebooks & interactive books.
I work in both real and digital mediums, which combines the best of art and science.
My own authored books include :
One Smart Cookie - the amusing tale of Cookie, the dog who can read.
Cromwell Dixon’s Sky-Cycle - a true story of the boy who built a flying bicycle in 1907.
The Twelve Days of Christmas in Washington - a lively travelogue about Washington State.
The Little Plumpkins - my own licensed characters from Random House in toy book format.
My Cherry Tree - a poetic story about the seasons and a cherry tree.
Mousey the Explorer - my first iPad interactive book app exploring the world.
I’ve done the artwork to all kinds of book for amazing authors and illustrators.
After getting a degree in English, I decided to become a children's book artist, so I moved to New York City to go to Parsons… where I got to take a class with Maurice Sendak.
I started freelancing in New York City and I've been making books ever since. After five years in New York, I moved back to Seattle, where I enjoy the wonders of the Northwest with my family.
My uncle, Edwin Schmidt, inspired me to become an illustrator. He had a great career as an illustrator and even did some Little Golden Books. He lived in a beautiful house in Valley Forge outside of Philadelphia.
In case you're curious, the surname Nez is the americanized version of the original Slovenian name Knez. And Knez is a common translation of "prince" in Croatian and Serbian literature, or so I'm told.
And I thought it was just short for 'Knave'.