I was drawn (pun intended) into art at a very early age, sitting at my mother's knee watching her paint. My mother was landscape painter. I would sit beside her - on my hands, so I didn't accidentally touch the oil paint - and watch magical things unfold. Frequently, as most 3-year-olds do, I would ask, "Why does? What's that? Where's..." The endless questions must have driven my mother nuts, but she never let on. And some of my questions were answered with stories about the places she painted and the people who lived insider her paintings.
I became an artist at my mother's knee, drawing the people she talked about in her paintings. I was an accomplished portrait artist by my teens. After high school, I traded cartoon strips with my mother instead of writing the traditional letters home. The Adventures of Jacky and Sir (our Cocker Spaniel and Great Dane) became substitutes for me and my college roommate. I did pen and watercolor fashion sketches for a local boutique in my late teens and later became "Sally", the pen-named political cartoonist of Two Cents Worth, for the Wisconsin Counties Magazine. When my youngest was born, I created my first picture book, The Christmas Leprechaun, as a present for my children and the cousins, recapping and embellishing our day at a Christmas Tree Farm with Grandpa and all the kids. Since I am also a photographer, it didn't take long for me to combine my digital editing skills with my drawings and now I work almost exclusively in Adobe Photoshop to create my illustrations.