Under My Creative Umbrella
Children's Book Artist
Licensed Artist & Designer
Thanks for visiting my website!
I am a professional, commercial artist celebrating over 25 years in the business of making art. My first children’s book, Something to Crow About, hit bookstore shelves in 1990.
I have illustrated 46 books, some of which I have also written. I’m honored that my art and books have received numerous awards you can find below. My favorite praise for my work was from The New Yorker magazine. It called my dimensional work “tromp l’oile marvels”.
In addition to children’s books, I illustrate articles for magazines and newspapers like Family Circle and The Boston Globe. My art and designs have been used for logos, packaging, wine labels, giftware, textiles, wall art and greeting cards.
I’m a former Pratt Institute and Moore College of Art & Design professor. I currently teach at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in Lancaster, PA and am faculty at Marywood University where I teach undergrad and graduate courses. I am especially honored to teach in the MFA Program for working professionals: Get Your Masters with the Masters. I earned my Masters Degree in illustration from this wonderful program.
I also run children’s book workshops with my friend and super talented colleague, Melanie Hall and hold one-on-one consultations for projects of all kinds.
A former New Yorker, I now live in the cute, small, town of Lansdowne, PA, where I have volunteered for many years and have held positions of co-chair of the Lansdowne Arts Festival and chair of the borough-appointed Arts Board. I recently co-founded a women-led, volunteer-run, arts organization: Women Creating CommUNITY Lansdowne. (See My News- March 2019 & http://www.womncc19050.org)
I was meant to be an artist! While taking piano lessons as a child, rather than practice, I colored my sheet music. I still love to color and can’t play the piano. I grew up looking at beautiful things. My father took me to art museums on my birthday and I received children’s books as presents. Everyone around me was creative: my father built furniture, carved wood and painted, my mother sewed and wrote, my brother made homemade movies with his action figures and my sister painted pictures (and her Barbie doll’s hair!) My grandparents were always making things, sewing and quilting.
I’m grateful for my wonderful, creative life everyday. Thank you for visiting!
Some Awards & Recognition: