In this portfolio you will find a mix of new and published work. I hope you enjoy looking at my illustrations and find a "look" that would be perfect for your project. Consistency in one's style is important. However, I think it is also important to be able to adjust my style to suite the tone of each individual project. I try to maintain my funny, sweet and whimsical point of view but experimenting, learning new techniques, going out of one's "comfort zone" and staying current are also important in an illustrator's work. My feeling is that an illustration should reflect and be stylistically appropriate to the text that it is illustrating. The art of illustration is about story telling and problem solving - how to clarify and enhance the meaning of a word, an idea or a story. I enjoy the challenge of coming up with great solutions to these problems. The artwork is there to help children understand what they are reading and to be as entertaining as possible.
I have always wanted to be a children's book author and illustrator. Growing up in New York City, many of the places that I loved were also places in the books that I loved - The Plaza, Central Park, The Metropolitan Museum, the Zoo, East 88th Street. It was a world I wanted to be a part of.
My mother read many wonderful books to me. It was an exciting time in children's publishing. Books like Little Bear and Eloise were new or had recently come out. My mother was always interested in the latest books and really enjoyed looking at the pictures and sharing with me how they related to the stories. The illustrations made the words more meaningful.
Later, I would spend hours in my room writing tremendously original stories about boys being saved from wells by their dogs and other dangers. Even though I tried my best, I drew truly terrible pictures to go with them.
I attended Parsons School of Design, where I finally did learn to draw. After graduating with a BFA, I went on to earn my early childhood teaching degree from Bank Street College and taught at a Montessori school for a few years.
All this led to having my dreams come true. I have been lucky enough to have written and/or illustrated many books for children and have received some recognition and awards for my work. But the best part, really, is that I have been able to do the thing that I love most. And I can still draw and write about dogs.
Currently, I live in the Mid-Hudson Valley with my husband, dog and cat.
Winner of the Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award
Winner of the Delaware Diamonds Award
Booklist “Top 10 Mysteries for Youth”
A Miami Herald Best Book of the Year
☆ SLJ starred reviews
☆School Library Journal
Parents Magazine Feature Spread
The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval
New York Times Book Review
NJLA Garden State Book Award nominee
Parents Magazine "Parents Pick"
A Bank Street Best Book of the Year
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Reading Rainbow Reader anthology
IRA/CBC “Children’s Choice”
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award
NCSS - CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies