"You don't have to be a Picasso or a Beethoven to make people feel something."
Nanette Malher is the owner of Aviatrix Enterprises, a business she started in 1999 that provides website, graphics, music and film services.
Nanette's love of cartoons began when she was seven years old. Upon seeing Charles Schultz' work on the cover of TV Guide magazine, she asked her mother for some paper and a pencil and began drawing her own versions of the characters.
"Kids relate to cartoons because they don't view the characters as different from living people or animals," Nanette said. "To me, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus and Lucy were real. They walked, they talked (or made noises), and they touched me emotionally. I loved them like I loved my little sister, my friends and my pets. As I got older, I started creating my own cartoons, because I wanted to touch people the way the Peanuts® series had touched me.
"You don't have to be a Picasso or a Beethoven to make people feel something — you just have to be sincere in your approach and hit a universal chord. I hope kids and adults alike will love Gringa Dinga (and her eventual friends) for the loving little snapshots of life they desire to be."
In addition to being a graphic designer/cartoonist, Nanette is an accomplished musician and composer. Her latest music project involved composing and performing the soundtrack to the recently released documentary "www.Breaking Through the Clouds," a film about the 1929 First Women's Air Derby. Nanette holds a private pilot license and is an aviation history buff. She built and maintains www.BobbiTrout.com for her late friend Bobbi Trout, who was an American record-setting aviatrix in the 1920s and '30s.
Nanette obtained a bachelor of arts degree in journalism with a minor in music from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She is originally from Braidwood, Illinois and has made her home in Nashville, TN for over 20 years.