I am most pleased working with narrative and decorative imagery. When designing my stylized compositions for illustrations or original prints my ideas are generated by my interactions with my immediate environment.
My work is inspired by an attraction to the graphic elements of the natural world where I see strong lines, bold shapes, saturated colors and patterns. Observing the flora and fauna surrounding our farm and watching how they change throughout the seasons has a deep influence on how I see the world.
My love of primitive and folk art also informs my designs. The relief printmaking process appeals to my desire to make things with my hands to hone my craftsmanship skills. I get lost in the act of carving a block of wood or linoleum. Using knives and gouges to realize a design is direct, immediate and a meditative process. For me, it is the perfect way to interpret, express my love for and celebrate the beautiful world in which we live.
A native of Kennebunk, Maine, I earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Illustration and worked toward an MFA in Studio Teaching at Boston University.
My work as a printmaker has been recognized with an Individual Artist Fellowship in Printmaking by the Maine Arts Commission and I am a member of the Boston Printmakers. My prints have been exhibited in invitational, juried and group shows throughout the country and recently included in the Maine-Aomori Print Exchange with Japan.
For illustrations I use a variety of media including watercolor, gouache, colored pencil and collage. Clients for books and products include eeBoo, Liberty Graphics, HarperCollins, Dial, Puffin Penguin, Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin, Ladybug, Cricket, among others.
Many of the children’s books I have illustrated have been recognized with awards and starred reviews including:
- Market Day, by Eve Bunting:
Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) for Picture Book Illustration.
- The Impudent Rooster, by Sabina Rascol:
Silver Medal, Society of Illustrators, NYC
First runner up for Vermont’s Red Clover Award
New York Public Library’s “100 titles for Reading and Sharing”
- The Gingerbread Cowboy, by Janet Squires:
Chosen by Governor Janet Napolitano as Arizona’s First Grade Book
- How Mama Brought the Spring, by Fran Manushkin:
Maine Lupine Honor Book Award
Original art from book illustrations have been included in exhibits and traveling shows:
Society of Illustrators, NYC
Art Institute of Chicago
Treehouse Museum, Ogden, UT
Farnsworth Museum of Art, Rockland, ME
Mazza Museum, Findlay, OH
National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, TX
Exquisite Creatures of the Medomak
Large scale linocut, 5 sets of triptychs
Medomak Middle School, Waldoboro, ME
A Percent for Art project: Through a grant from the Maine Arts Commission.