The only part of school I ever excelled at was art. I loved to read and spent hours in my local library. I studied Illustration at Mass College of Art, UMass Amherst and Syracuse University. After my kids headed off on their own, I was finally able to focus on my illustration. Besides having a family it's the only thing I've always wanted to do.
I now spend my days in a magical studio in a converted school located west of Boston in Maynard, MA. It's such a treat to do illustration, it feels like I'm finally doing what I was always supposed to. It took years to be able to make the art in front of me look like the image I saw in my head but I'm happy to say I'm there. At least most of the time.
I work traditionally with colored pencil and watercolor. In many cases I then scan the work into the computer and assemble, adjust and add to the piece on my computer. It's not exactly traditional but it's certainly not digital either.
My corgi, Dilly has been my muse and my favorite place (besides the studio) is an island in Maine where we reatreat each summer.
The best thing about making illustrations aimed at kids is when a child or adult tells you that your work makes them smile. There's nothing better.Read Interview