A native of Kennebunk, Maine, I earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Illustration and worked toward an MFA in Studio Teaching at Boston University. Tired of city life, I returned to Maine for a winter to care-take a herd of llamas. My husband and I settled on the mid-coast, where we raised our daughters, now grown, and a succession of cats.
Ideas for my artwork are informed by my immediate surroundings: the patterns, shapes and textures of the flora and fauna surrounding our farm and influenced by my interest in decorative art, textile design and and folk art.
I am obsessed with composing the surface plane, arranging visual elements in dynamic and stylized designs! Since my approach to mark-making is graphic by nature, I gravitate to the process of printmaking. Linoleum is my medium of choice.
As I cut my designs into the surface of the linoleum, I simultaneously explore the negative and positive aspects of an image — all in reverse of the final print — all the while trying to maintain a balance between light and dark. I find it a deliberate and meditative experience. The act of carving is direct and immediate. Using knives and gouges to realize a design appeals to my love of making things with my hands and my appreciation for craftsmanship. Lately I’ve been trying my hand at relief wood carving.
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.
My work as a printmaker has been recognized with an Individual Arts Fellowship in Printmaking by the Maine Arts Commission and I am a member of the Boston Printmakers.
For illustrations I use a variety of media including watercolor, gouache, colored pencil and collage.
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
My original book illustrations have been included in exhibits and traveling shows through some of the following venues:
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.