Karen "Kaz" Windness
Karen (Kaz to her friends) is a published author and illustrator. She studied art with a children’s book illustration focus at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD) where she was a valedictorian graduate in 2002.
She has been an active member of the SCBWI for fifteen years, and met her writer-husband, Steve Windness, at the Fall 2002 RMC-SCBWI conference. Karen and Steve have collaborated on two major projects: their sons, Finley and Max, and are always working on new babies in the form of books.
Karen gives back to the SCBWI community as the Rocky Mountain Chapter Illustrator Coordinator (2009-present). She is passionate about helping others succeed, and believes education is key. She teaches illustration at her alma mater and is a RMC-SCBWI illustrator mentor.