Plain and simple: I'm an art teacher who became fascinated with Photoshop in 1996. It's amazing what comes from being passionate about something. My fascination with Photoshop has led to a series of books as well as other creative ventures. I hope you'll enjoy the glimpses of my work shared here.
Released November 2016: Mortimer Mouse and the Christmas Gift
What's Happening to Our Lagoon? The pervasive topic of cultural eutrophication in coastal waters reoccurs in my newly released book, What’s Happening to Our Lagoon, Blue Heron Brothers Tell the Story. Hugh and Harry are again the main characters, going the length of the Indian River Lagoon expounding on the conditions - both good and bad. As in the book, Salt Pond Sleuths, there is a pertinent fact on the bottom of each page that expands on the topic for older children or adults. I am most excited that the book and/or the PowerPoint will be going into some area classrooms.
Dr. Tobias Goodman wrote an interesting article for the Westerly Sun about my work and the importance of high-value books for youngest readers. Click here to read the article. In it, he states,
"Ardith has put together interesting
characters and situations with fine artistic
representation in local well-known settings
attractive to our children. I wish
Mortimer, Max, Hugh and Harry well
in their next adventures."
The Westerly Sun ran a lovely article about my process and Salt Pond Sleuths late this summer. Click here to read the article, by Nancy Burns-Fusaro, as well as a review of the book by author, illustrator and educator Anna Westbrook, creator of I Will Never Stop Coloring among other works.
Salt Pond Sleuths:Salt Pond Sleuths: Heron Brothers Encourage Conservation,produced in conjunction with the Salt Ponds Coalition of Rhode Island, was released earlier this year. Filled with facts as well as fun visuals, the book follows brothers Hugh and Harry Heron as they explore the health of the salt ponds of Rhode Island. You can now find the book on Amazon.com.
"Children as well as adults will be enchanted by this 32 page book about two mouse cousins, Mort and Max, visiting their favorite seaside hotel, Ocean House. They sneak in to see the hotel decorated for Christmas and have some adventures on the way. They even find a gift with purpose to take back to their friends, the church mice, living in the chapel across the street. The end of the book shows the personal rewards of giving and the value of exercise as part of a lifestyle, even for mice!"