About Me


I am a born creative. I grew up in a small town on California’s central coast where I continually won awards, big and small, for art. I couldn’t wait to get to the big city where I earned a degree in graphic design and began my career in the world of advertising. Working as an art director and creative director in Los Angeles and Indianapolis became the foundation that then launched me into the world of illustration.

My studio is currently located at the end of a winding (and bumpy) road in the redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains. 


Living in the redwoods gives me a peaceful place to reflect and listen to my creative muse.

Known for my fashion, beauty and advertisement 2D digital and cover art illustrations, I am heavily influenced by fashion, vintage design from the ‘50s and ’60s, and the glamour of old Hollywood.

When not working, I love to try new art mediums, make things, travel and cook. I can also be found in our apiary checking on the bees and harvesting honey!


Some clients in Monika's extensive client list include:

Amazon Audible

American Girl

Bauer Teen Group

Berkley Publishing Group

Conde Nast Publications


Diet Coke


Family Circle Magazine

Hachette Book Group USA


Harper Collins

Hillshire Farm

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Ideal Home Magazine

Kensington Books

Klutz Press

Kraft Heinz



Penguin Group


QBS Learning

Random House

RBC Capital Markets

Simon & Schuster

St. Martin's Press

Time Inc.

Warner Brothers

The Wall Street Journal