Ingrid is a best-selling designer and award-winning author/illustrator, whose designs have generated over $100 million in retail sales. Art has always been part of Ingrid's life. She's been drawing and sculpting since she was a child. In college, she studied biology with a minor in fine arts. Her children's picture book, "The Fabulous Flying Fandinis," received the top prize from the association for children's librarians and teachers, and was a selection of the Junior Library Guild. Her angel designs for Angels Beside MeŽ have won a Collector Editions Award of Excellence, nominated by industry experts and selected by the magazine's readers. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and their two children.
For help running the family design business, Ingrid relies on her two sisters.Growing up, they created imaginary worlds together and put on plays for the neighborhood, so building a company together came naturally. Ingrid's younger sister, Erin, is in charge of licensing Ingrid's artwork, while her older sister, Kristin, handles marketing.
Ingrid's husband Duane runs the business side. Their company, Nutshell Designs, licenses Ingrid's artwork and also manufactures proprietary lines for department stores. So Ingrid has an inside understanding about how to meet her licensing clients' needs. Her design versatility has found success in a large array of product applications, from tabletop and ornaments to soft goods. And because she has the ability to draw multiple viewpoints of a single object, Ingrid specializes in 3-D work -- her resin figurine line Angels Beside MeŽ has produced strong sales at Dillard’s department stores for eight years running.