A little bit about Mikela.
I'm an illustrator that gravitates toward bringing attention to the overlooked and a writer that finds stories by asking questions of the mundane. The normal and day-to-day acts we all engage in can be the most beautiful if we just look at them from a fresh perspective.
I received my B.A. in Painting and Drawing from the University of Redlands and later went on to receive my M.F.A. in Illustration from Cal State Fullerton. While working on my degree, I managed to squeeze in some time to marry a wonderful man, Cameron Smith. Together, we are living out our lives in the wild wild west of Arizona wrangling our kids Lily, Abby, Jude along with 2 dogs, 2 desert tortoises and at this moment - 2 fish.
Awards and Accolades
Riverside Art Museum - Monothon 2001 * Best of Show
New York Society of Illustrators - 46
Society of Illustrators - 2004 * Honorable Mention
Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles - 43
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Honorable Mention 2004
American Illustration 24
Honors in Illustration, California State University Fullerton 2006
The Don Freeman Memorial Grant-In-Aid Winner 2006
Focus on the Family
Ten Speed Press
Brain, Child Magazine
Steinway and Sons Pianos