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I've illustrated and written more than 60 books of every kind - picture books, board books, poems, folk tales, ebooks & interactive books.

My own authored books include One Smart Cookie, Cromwell Dixon’s Sky-Cycle, The Twelve Days of Christmas in Washington, The Little Plumpkins, My Cherry Tree and Mousey the Explorer.

I've illustrated licensed character books and also designed my own licensed characters for Random House - The Little Plumpkins. I've even designed interactive iPad apps.

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I work in both real and digital mediums, which I think combines the best of art and science.

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.


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