Northland's Very Own: Chris Monroe

By KBJR News 1

January 7, 2011 Updated Jan 7, 2011 at 7:49 AM CST


She knew she was going to be an artist when she was just six years old.

"I drew a rabbit and to me it looked so real and so cute and I just immediately connected with that drawing and I thought I'm going to be an artist," says Chris Monroe.

It didn't take Chris long to learn that making a living as an artist is easier said then done, but that didn't stop her.

Her artwork eventually landed her a career as a cartoonist.

As she grew in popularity, her comics were published in newspapers and magazines nationwide and she even had a stint working for the Jim Henson Company.

"Chris' work is smart, it's funny, and it has a visual quality that sets up in people's mind an experience," says Tweed Museum of Art Curator Peter Spooner.

During this time, Chris was also putting on shows to display her art.

It was at one of these shows that her work caught the eye of a children's book publisher, who offered Chris the opportunity to illustrate and write her very own children's book.

"I said of course I would love to. Then when I got home I sat down at the drawing table and thought how do you write a children's book," says Chris.

Despite Chris' anxiety, she ended up producing the highly successful and award winning children's book called "Monkey with a Tool Belt."

"When I went in the first store that I saw 'Monkey with a Tool Belt' it just didn't feel like reality really. I was impressed," says Chris.

From there, Chris' career has moved forward at full speed.

But Along the way she has never forgotten that passion she has for art that began growing in her when she was just a child.

"I guess it's just something that I couldn't stop doing. It's just so much a part of me," says Chris.

Chris' "Monkey with a Tool Belt" series has now been optioned to be an animated television series.

Meanwhile, here latest children's book "Sneaky Sheep" is on store shelves now.