|My first drawing was a scribble on the wall in our apartment when I was two. I've been drawing ever since. When I discovered books I began to write my own stories and drew pictures to illustrate them. It became pretty clear that I was meant to be in children's books. I attended the Rhode Island School of Design and transferred to The School of Visual Arts when my family moved to New York City. After graduating with a B.F.A. in illustration I began my career in book illustration. More than fifty books later, I'm still excited to be a part of this wonderful field. In addition to writing and illustrating trade books, I have worked for the mass market and the educational market. I have also done humorous spots for magazines, greeting cards, a cat calendar, and character designs for a Jim Henson television special. I enjoy drawing all kinds of subject matter, from the fantastic or humorous to the more naturalistic. Instead of having only one style, I enjoy varying my style to suit the needs of the job, or the mood of a story. Since I have a varied approach to my work, there are several styles represented in my portfolio. If you see something you like but need more samples, just let me know and I'll get them to you. If you need someone to illustrate a book, design a card, add a touch of humor to your article, or just scribble on your wall, I'll be glad to help you out.
|Recent clients: Simon and Schuster, Holiday House, Houghton Mifflin, Dinardo Designs, Scholastic and Alladin Paperbacks.
Awards: The Children's Choice Award for my book, Dad's Dinosaur Day.
Specializations: Animals, cartoons, character design, children, humorous, people, fantasy, whimsical, children’s books.