Facing the wolves…

Facing the wolves…

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in blog, illustration, thoughts | No Comments

I’m thrilled to announce my piece, Little Red won an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Tomie de Paola Illustration Challenge. I have to be honest, I almost didn’t enter. I guess you could say, I had some bad wolves of my own to face down. Sometimes it’s that grand leap of faith, pushing past your fears […]

Princesses, princesses everywhere…

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in illustration | No Comments

Last spring I was approached to illustrate a picture book retelling of “The 12 Dancing Princesses” (written by Carly Graf) by the lovely folks at ustyme. They saw this painting that was at one time in my portfolio which I did in honor of Prince William and Princess Catherine’s wedding They liked the mice in royal dress and they wanted […]

What big ears you have!

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in illustration | No Comments

This year, 2015, marks my tenth year in the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. It’s been such a great organization and a continual resource for learning, without which, I don’t think I could have ever made the strides I have in the kidlit business. Among the many annual awards they offer to aspiring […]

Strictly come dancing?

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in blog, illustration, projects | No Comments

Hooray! I just finished up my very first picture book. Thanks to the folks at USTYME who had faith in my abilities enough to give me the task of creating their version of THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES. I especially want to thank my AD, Nick, who has mountains of patience and was such a great […]

New additions to the site:

New additions to the site:

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in blog, design, illustration, projects | No Comments

I’ve had some requests for downloadable tear-sheets, so for those interested, I just added PDF files for my Design Work and Illustration Work. You can click on the images to download the PDF files: Stay tuned for some project updates. It’s been a busy summer…

Portfolios and the cutting room floor…

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in illustration | No Comments

Recently, I was talking with an old boss…well, he’s not really OLD. Maybe I should call him boss-from-my-past, when I was a lonely in-house creative in big a non-creative organization. (…and if he’s reading this…he was one of my FAVORITE and most supportive bosses—despite the fact that me made me cry every day for the […]

Blog Hop (Hoppity Hop)

Blog Hop (Hoppity Hop)

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in blog, illustration, projects, thoughts, writing | One Comment

I was asked to participate in a blog hop, featuring some amazing kidlit authors and SCBWI friends. This post is my contribution to this blogging venture. First and foremost, let me introduce to you, a talented author and SCBWI member, Dionna L. Mann: Dionna is a spinner of children’s yarns, a weaver of nonfiction articles, […]

A Tale of Two Pictures…

A Tale of Two Pictures…

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in blog, design, illustration, projects | No Comments

…wherein I initially created a special digital illustration to grace a twentieth anniversary card for my best friends… Here’s the illustration: Here’s a pic of the front of the invitation…(taken at the actually party): Yes, you guessed correctly, green was a theme. (It’s my friend’s favorite color…mine, too, come to think of it.) Everybody was […]

Summer’s End (catching up on a whole bunch of projects)

Summer’s End (catching up on a whole bunch of projects)

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in blog, design, illustration, projects | No Comments

To be entirely honest, I’m not sure if Fall is messing with my head because it’s been kind of warm in the last week, but today was the first 50°F morning we’ve had and so I’m calling it. It’s been a crazy, busy summer, full of work and work and work. So I’m just going […]

Beginnings, Endings and Celebrations

Beginnings, Endings and Celebrations

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in blog, design, illustration, projects, thoughts | No Comments

June has been an amazing month. I got to watch my oldest receive her school’s top honors in art and then walk in her graduation. It was a beautiful ending to her public school career. Then we celebrated… I think she’s still celebrating because I’ve scarcely seen her around since… I got to design and […]

A Special Day and a Freebie

A Special Day and a Freebie

Posted by on May 25, 2013 in blog, design, projects, thoughts | No Comments

On June 7, I get to witness the completion of a 13 year project—my daughter’s secondary education. In honor of that event, I created special announcements that we recently shipped out to friends and family to let them know how proud we are of her. This is a special design project for me because it’s […]

In case you thought I wasn’t busy…

In case you thought I wasn’t busy…

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in blog, design | No Comments

Has it been that long since we last talked. I’m terrible. Please forgive… I’ve actually had a few design pieces I haven’t shared of late and so I’m playing catch up for posting new work to my blog. That being said, I thought I’d do a vague timeline showing some finished work that I’ve been […]