I grew up in Kennebunk, Maine, and received a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design where I also studied printmaking and photography. Before moving back to Maine, I did graduate work toward an MFA in Studio Teaching at Boston University.
In 1995 my first picture book, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, was published by North South Books. Since then I have illustrated books for several publishers written by many wonderful authors including Eve Bunting, Diane Stanley, Sarah Weeks and Toni Buzzeo.
Several books have been recognized with awards and starred reviews.
- Market Day, by Eve Bunting, won the 1997 Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) for Picture Book Illustration.
- The Impudent Rooster, by Sabina Rascol, was awarded a Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators for the Original Art Show, first runner up for Vermont’s Red Clover Award in 2004 and on the New York Public Library’s “100 titles for Reading and Sharing.”
- The Gingerbread Cowboy, by Janet Squires, was chosen by Governor Janet Napolitano as Arizona’s First Grade Book in 2007.
- How Mama Brought the Spring received the Maine Lupine Honor Book Award for 2008.
My original book illustrations have been included in many exhibits and traveling shows including those at the Society of Illustrators (NYC), the Art Institute of Chicago, The Treehouse Museum (Ogden, UT), The Farnsworth Museum of Art (Rockland, ME), The Mazza Museum (Findlay, OH) and the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (Abilene, TX).
I also love to make linoleum block prints. Making prints appeals to my love of creating things with my hands and my appreciation for craftsmanship. I immediately fell in love with the printmaking process as a way to create an image and continue to explore and experiment with technique and imagery.
My favorite part of the process is cutting my designs from the block. Starting with outlines of the basic shapes, the journey of choices begins. To cut or not to cut! Having to simultaneously consider, analyze and address the negative and positive aspects of a design requires a deliberate and direct focus that I find meditative. Narrative and decorative stylized images appeal to me. I am attracted to the variety of lines, shapes, patterns and textures found in my immediate environment as well as those in primitive and folk art, created by others also inspired by the natural world. Birds, animals, fish, insects, plants and the planets all offer points of departure to interpret and integrate into my compositions. I find linoleum block printing the perfect medium to express and celebrate the graphic elements of the beautiful world in which we live.
Exquisite Creatures of the Medomak
Large scale linocut, 5 sets of triptychs
Percent for Art project
Medomak Middle School, Waldoboro, ME