Under My Creative Umbrella

Children's Book Artist
Editorial Illustrator
Licensed Artist & Designer
Creative Consultant

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Thanks for visiting my website!

If you don't know me, I am a professional artist one year shy of celebrating 25 years in the business of making art.

I have illustrated 45 books in the last 24 years, some of which I have also written. My children's book art has received numerous honors you can find below. My favorite praise for my children's book work was from The New Yorker magazine. It called my dimensional work "tromp l'oile marvels"!!

My editorial illustrations have appeared in many international and national magazines. I've also created art and designs for logos, packaging and wine labels.

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, greeting cards and other cool things.

I was meant to be an artist. While taking piano lessons as a kid, rather than practice, I colored my sheet music. I still love to color and cannot play the piano!

I'm a former Pratt Institute and Moore College of Art & Design professor. I am currently 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.

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.

Clients include:

  • Simon & Schuster
  • Harper Collins
  • Family Circle
  • Denver University Law School
  • Harvard Magazine
  • Scholastic
  • Charlesbridge Publishing
  • Dial Books For Young Readers
  • Marshall Cavendish
  • Bradbury Press
  • Walker & Company
  • St. Martin's Press
  • Indianapolis Monthly
  • New Jersey Life
  • Yankee Magazine

Some Awards & Recognition

  • Best 100 Books for Reading and Sharing, The New York Public Library
  • Book of the Year, Bank Street College
  • Gold Award (2 time winner), Oppenheim Toy Newsletter
  • Gold Award, National Parents Publishing Association (NAPPA)
  • Children's Choice Award
  • Outstanding Science Trade Book, National Science Teachers Assoc.
  • International Book Award Honor, Society Of School Librarians
  • "Pick of the List", American Booksellers Association
  • Recommended Reading List, Reading Rainbow
  • Recommended Reading List, The New Yorker
  • Pa. Young Reader's Choice Award
  • New England Book Show Book Award
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
  • Textbook Adoption Book, Georgia State Department of Education

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