Welcome to my website! I work as a block
printmaker and children's book illustrator from my home studio in Waldoboro, Maine. My family and I live on
what was formally my Great Aunt Laura and Uncle Wilbert's small blueberry farm. Over the years, I have
created images for t-shirts, educational publications, newspapers, magazines and children's products. Along
with illustration, I love to make linoleum block prints inspired by the flora and fauna surrounding our rural
farm. My original prints are exhibited throughout Maine and have been included in juried and invitational
shows nationwide. I am a member of The Boston Printmakers and Midcoast Printmakers, Inc. in
Damariscotta, Maine, where I also teach block printing.
In 2003 the Maine Arts Commission presented me with an Individual Artists Fellowship Award for my work in printmaking.
I have also received a Good Idea Grant from the MAC, and in the spring of 2009 completed a set of large-scale prints for a
"Percent for Art" project located at the middle school in my community.
In 1995 my first picture book, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, was published by North South Books. The following year I
wrote and illustrated Busy Lizzie, also published by North South Books. Since then I have concentrated on illustrating
texts by other authors including Eve Bunting, Diane Stanley and Sarah Weeks. This fall, the most recent book I have illustrated
will be published by Dial Children's Books. It is called Colorful Dreamer: The Story of Artist Henri Matisse, written by
Marjorie Blain Parker.
Many 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 for Picture Book Illustration.
The Impudent Rooster, by Sabina Rascol, was awarded a Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators in
NYC for the Original Art Show and was first runner up for Vermont's Red Clover Award in 2004. It is also on the
New York Public Library's "100 titles for Reading and Sharing." Market Day, The Gift of Christmas,
by Philemon Sturges, and Woof: a Love Story, by Sarah Weeks, have also been selected for the Original Art Show:
Celebrating the Art of Children's Book Illustration at the Society of Illustrators. Governor Janet Napolitano
for the 2007 Arizona First Grade Book selected The Gingerbread Cowboy, by Janet Squires. How Mama Brought the
Spring received the Maine Lupine Honor Book Award for 2008.
My book illustration work has been included in many exhibits and traveling shows including those at the Art
Institute of Chicago, The Tree house Museum - Ogden, Utah, The Society of Illustrators - NYC, The Farnsworth Museum of Art -
Rockland, Maine, The Mazza Museum - Findlay, Ohio and the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature - Abilene, Texas.
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,
I did graduate work toward an MFA in Studio Teaching at Boston University.