NEWS!

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Peter and the Wolf, live in Chicago with picture by me! August 17, 2019/3:00 & 5:00

Come hear Prokofiev's iconic music and story live at PianoForte Chicago, 2nd floor. First show is sold out but we've added a second. My pictures will be projected while Jeffrey Panko plays Prokofiev's score and Marianne Parker narrates. Click here for info.

Printer's Row Lit Fest, Chicago

June 8 & 9, 2019

I'm very excited to be on a panel at the Printer's Row Lit Fest.  I'll be with some other wonderful debut authors, so please stop by.  "So You Want to Write a Children's Book?" Saturday, June 8 at 10:30 at the Harold Washington Library

I'm very excited to announce that this piece was chosen for a special exhibition in conjunction with the 2019 Bologna Children's Book Fair, called The Children-Spectators

On Exhibition in Bologna, Italy

Feb 22 to April 4, 2019

Prairie Writer's & Illustrator's Day Illustration Contest Winner

October 2018

 

Click here to see what judges Jim Hoover, Assoc. Art Director at VikingChildren's Books  and author/illustrator, Kelly Light said about the piece.

In 2014 with Merripen Press

 PAL MEMBER

2018 Spirituality & Practice Award Winner

I'm thrilled that WHEN GOD GAVE US WORDS (Flyaway Books, Sept 2018), has received numerous positive reviews and has just been listed as one of 2018's Best Spiritual Books for Children.

ABOUT 

EDUCATION

I graduated from Northwestern University where I studied art history and studio art. For ten years, I ran a visual literacy program in a K-5 school. I still feel passionately about helping children look critically and verbalize their questions about what they see. My art history foundation and these experiences have had a profound effect on my work. 

In the studio, I have studied with Ed Paschke, Phillip Chen, and Audrey Niffenegger.  I also took a class with art critic Dennis Adrian that marked me for life. 

 

WORK

My work is mixed media--including watercolor, pen and ink, pencil, and digital collage.

In addition to illustration, I design poster and promotional work for hire (not included on this site).

 

INFLUENCES

My daughter was born in Switzerland and through our weekly visits to the local library, I became interested in the way traditions of storytelling and illustration differ from country to country. In 2014, I fulfilled a long-held wish, when I had the opportunity to attended the Bologna Children's Book Fair to present a software I'd helped develop. 

Illustrators whose works inspire me:

Edward Gorey, Peter Sis, Shaun Tan,

Lane Smith, Michael Sowa, Elzbieta, and

Benjamin Chaud, among many others.  

My first commission on my 3rd Grade teacher's car.