I grew up in the town of Kennebunk, Maine, and received a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1979. As a student in the Design Department, I also studied printmaking and photography. Before moving back to Maine in 1988, I did graduate work toward an MFA in Studio Teaching at Boston University.
In 1995 my first picture book was published by North South Books. Since then I have been fortunate to illustrate books for several publishers written by many wonderful authors including Eve Bunting, Diane Stanley and Sarah Weeks. My most recent book is Colorful Dreamer: The Story of Artist Henri Matisse, written by Marjorie Blain Parker. Currently I am working on illustrating a manuscript by the fabulous Toni Buzzeo!
Several of the 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.” Governor Janet Napolitano chose The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires 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).
Like many artists, I find the natural world the primary resource for my prints. Birds, animals, fish, insects, plants and the planets all offer points of departure to explore, interpret, and integrate into my decorative compositions.
I also have a great affinity for the relief printing process and love working with linoleum as a medium because of its transformative qualities. I especially like the process of cutting my designs from a block of linoleum. Starting only with clear outlines of 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 an immediate, deliberate and direct focus that I find meditative.
In 2003 I received an Individual Artists Fellowship Award from the Maine Arts Commission for my work in printmaking. In the spring of 2009 I completed a set of large-scale linoleum block prints for a “Percent for Art” project located at the middle school in Waldoboro. It is called “Exquisite Creatures of the Medomak”.