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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.

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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.

Some of the book illustration by my uncle Ed, who inspired me to move to NYC and try to be an illustrator.

Some of the book illustration by my uncle Ed, who inspired me to move to NYC and try to be an illustrator.


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'.


Clients include:

Abrams, Albert Whitman, Red Chair, 
 Harpercollins, Pearson, Golden Books, Sterling,
Highlights for children, Ladybug, Click, 
Hyperion, Tiger Tales, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 
Usborne, Kane Press, Dutton, IRD,
the Wright Group, Usborne, Jim Henson, 
Western Publishing, Blue Apple, Holiday House,
Putnams, Holt, Atheneum,Scholastic, 
Children’s Television Workshop,
Green Frog Press, Mondo, Little Brown,
Two Lions,oxford university press,
Jimmy Patterson Books