I use my original images, both real and imagined, narrative and decorative to create block prints and illustrations of all kinds of things that I find interesting or pop into my head.
Linoleum is my medium of choice. The act of cutting into the surface of a linoleum block is meditative. It helps me slow down to fully consider and analyze how to define my subject matter along with the creative choices available to me. The printmaking process in general appeals to my love of making things with my hands and respect for craftsmanship. Lately I have been trying my hand at relief woodcarving.
A native of Kennebunk, in southern Maine, I earned a BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and worked towards an MFA in Studio Teaching from Boston University.
Tired of city life, I took a break before completing that degree to come back to Maine for a winter to care-take a herd of llamas.
I never returned. My husband and I now live on the mid-coast of Maine, where we raised our daughters and a succession of cats.
My approach is graphic by nature. Whether designing for a print or an illustration, composing the surface plane to arrange elements in dynamic and stylized designs is an activity I find engaging and exciting.
Ideas for my images are suggested by the patterns, shapes and textures found in our natural world along with my love of textile design, folk-art and the decorative arts. Birds, animals, fish, insects, plants and the planets all offer points of departure to interpret and integrate into my compositions.
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. My prints have been exhibited in invitational, juried and group shows throughout the country and included in the 2017 Maine-Aomori Print Exchange with Japan.
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.
- 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.