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Sommer Maxwell


Sommer Maxwell, Collage Artist + Illustrator

I'm a self-taught collage artist. I create collage elements traditionally and then create the collages digitally for more freedom to play, make changes, and explore! My art is inspired by daily life, nature, travel, and connecting as a community.

​I believe art, in all its forms, transforms and inspires community. I make art to share with my community so that it can bring them joy and encourage connection.

Before discovering my passion for art, I was a 4th-grade teacher as well as a yoga and meditation instructor for school teachers and families for several years. I've always been a creative problem solver with a fascination with light, color, and photography.

A quick overview of my DIY art school/lifetime learner education:
Manuscript nominated for The Austin SCBWI Cynthia Leitich Smith Award at the SCBWI 2019 Austin conference for a writing mentorship with Varian Johnson.
Student - Online MATS Illustrating Children’s Books, Editorial Illustration, Bootcamp and Drawing Faces Course with Lilla Rodgers
Student - Online Skillshare & Creative Live Classes in Watercolor and Collage
Student - Children's Book Illustration & Travel Sketching Classes at The Contemporary of Austin at Laguna Gloria (Austin, TX)​
Graduate of Region XIII's Alternative Educator Certification in PreK-4
Graduate of St. Edward's University with a BBA in Marketing



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We ask you to remember that many designers, artists and illustrators may not want to have their images used in any way, including in agency presentations. Any use, including “comping,” implies value that is worth compensation. Art or photography in portfolios submitted for a job should not be copied for any use, including client presentation or “comping,” without the creator’s permission. In case after case, the creator’s property rights have been upheld, and those caught engaging in these practices were penalized, paying large fines to the artists.