I have always wanted to be a children's book author and illustrator. Growing up in New York City, so many of the places that I loved were also places in the books I loved - The Plaza, Central Park, The Metropolitan Museum, the zoo, East 88th Street. It was a world I wanted to be a part of.
My mother read to me so many wonderful books. She was always interested in really looking at the pictures and seeing how they related to the stories. The pictures made the stories more meaningful.
I would spend hours in my room writing tremendously original stories about boys being saved by their dogs from wells and other dangers. Even though I tried my best, I drew truly terrible drawings to go with them.
I attended Parsons School of Design, where I finally did learn to draw. After graduating with a BFA, I went on to earn my early childhood teaching degree from Bank Street College and taught at a Montessori school.
All this led to having my dreams come true. I have been lucky enough to have written and/or illustrated many books for children and have received some recognition and awards for my work. But the best part, really, is that I have been able to do the thing that I love most. And I can still write about dogs.
Artist's Statement: Consistency in one's style is important. However, experimenting, learning new techniques, going out of one's "comfort zone" and updating are also important in an illustrator's work. My feeling is that illustrations should reflect and be stylistically appropriate to the text that they are illustrating. Therefore I do a few different styles to be able to better compliment different types of assignments. Within each assignment though, I retain my consistent outlook and sense of humor.
In this portfolio you will see a mix of published and unpublished work. I hope you enjoy looking at my illustrations and find a "look" that would suit your project.
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