I am an artist celebrating 24 years in the business of making art. I have illustrated 45 children's books, some of which I have also written. My children's book art has received numerous honors including two Oppenheim Toy Newsletter Gold Awards and a gold award from NAPPA (National Parenting Publication Awards). The New Yorker magazine praised my dimensional work as "tromp l'oile marvels"!!
Last year, in 2011, Cousins of Clouds illustrated with Sean Addy, written by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer was published. In January 2012, it was chosen as one of the 100 Books for Reading and Sharing from The New York Public Library.
My latest book Valentine, Be Mine illustrated with Sean Addy, written by Jacqueline Farmer will be released in early 2013.
My editorial illustrations have appeared in many international and national magazines. My latest ongoing editorial job has been creating art for a Canadian nursing magazine.
My love of patterned endpapers in my children's books led me to create decorative art for licensed products and giftware. My products include
wall art, textiles, giftware and greeting cards.
My most recent collaboration is Farm Fresh Style, a product line with Demdaco, a manufacturer in Leawood, KS, specializing in gifts and home accents.
A former Pratt Institute professor, I am currently a professor at Moore College of Art & Design, in Philadelphia, and on the faculty of Marywood University's MFA Program, Get Your Masters with the Masters. I earned my Masters Degree, in illustration, from this wonderful program. (http://www.marywoodmfa.com)
A former New Yorker, I now live in the cute, small, town of Lansdowne, PA, where I serve on the borough appointed Arts Board. I am also co-chair of Lansdowne's annual three-day celebration of music and art - The Lansdowne Arts Festival, celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year! (http://www.lansdowneartsfestival.com)
- Simon & Schuster
- Harper Collins
- Charlesbridge Publishing
- Dial Books For Young Readers
- Marshall Cavendish
- Bradbury Press
- Walker & Company
- St. Martin's Press
- Indianapolis Monthly
- New Jersey Life
- Yankee Magazine
- Family Circle
- Abelson-Taylor Agency
- Denver University Law School
Some Awards & Recognition
- Bank Street College Book of the Year
- Oppenheim Toy Newsletter Gold Award
- National Parents Publications Gold Award
- Children's Choice Award
- American Booksellers Association "Pick of the List"
- Reading Rainbow Recommended Reading List
- The New Yorker Recommended Reading List
- Pa. Young Reader's Choice Award
- New England Book Show Book Award
- Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
- Society Of School Librarians International Book Award Honor
- National Science Teachers Assoc. Outstanding Science Trade Book
- Georgia State Department of Education Textbook Adoption Book