BreeAnn Veenstra wants to "make children dream and adults believe." She grew up surrounded by the beautiful countryside of northern Michigan's lower peninsula where her father owned an art company, E-Scape Art Glass, and the influence of the surrounding wildlife, nature and art made a lasting impression. She is continuously inspired by the natural world, as well as the unending possibilities of combining them with the surreal and fantastical. In addition to illustration, she also enjoys writing, web design and printmaking.
"I once heard artists described as mirrors of the world whose work allows a person to become aware of any given 'reflection'. Instead of showing people what's already around them, though, I'd rather create illustrations that are more like Alice's Looking Glass: mirrors that can reflect reality but ultimately act as portals for the imagination. I believe that childhood is a critical stage where that very imagination is either cultivated or neglected, and I want to be the one to offer it endless nutrition with my illustrations. Throughout my own childhood I had a multitude of illustrated books that fed my creative soul by giving me access to exciting worlds. Though these worlds were fantastical, they had a hint of reality and thus encouraged me to believe nothing was implausible in my own world. As a result, I personally believe that even the seemingly impossible can one day become achievable if there is a willing and passionate imagination as a driving force." -BreeAnn Veenstra