Hello! Welcome to my website. I'm so happy you've found me.
Making art has been a lifelong journey beginning in childhood with making my own paper dolls. Other artistic endeavors included knitting, sewing clothes and felt ornaments, quilting, writing stories, sketching and painting..
I had always loved my childhood picture books, especially an edition of Grimm's Fairytales. Dreaming of making my own children's books someday, I joined the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators in 2000 and a writing critique group. I illustrated one writer's manuscript and the book, "My Daddy Has Sleep Apnea" was published in October 2012.
While seeking to improve my illustrating skills, I discovered an online class, "Illustrating Children's Books" by Making Art That Sells. Taking classes there and on Skillshare, my art and confidence began to blossom. I fell in love with collage and mixed-media (gouache, colored pencils, ink, and watercolor.)
I began to upload art to Redbubble.com and shared my creations on Instagram. My art was accepted into The Tewksbury Historical Society Juried Art Exhibit in 2019.
During this journey, I married the love of my life, gave birth to 3 wonderful children, and had a few different fulfilling careers.
When lockdown of Covid-19 began, I honed my skills, learned Photoshop, sold a few paintings, and. . . TA DA. . . published my own website! In June of 2021, I added creating in Procreate to my repertoire. I digitally create picture book illustrations, art, and surface patterns, as well as, write picture book stories.
For the first time, I am participating in an Instagram challenge by making a mixed-media collage per day for 100 days in 2022. It's been a joy!
To inquire regarding licensing, commissions, and/or collaborations, please send me an email in the Contact Section. I appreciate your interest.
Thanks for visiting my site and learning about me.
I hope you enjoy my art - for that is its purpose - to bring JOY!