The Adventures of Imagination
As a child I was a maker. I took bits of this and that and combined them to make something new. My family is filled with artists and it seemed a natural thing for me to do. Later, when I worked in theater, I realized that as a collaborator it was important to be able to share ideas in 2-D.
So I learned to draw by sitting at lunch counters,
in parks, in life-drawing groups, sketching what I saw. For many artists drawing is a life-long prac-tice I learned this by watching my mother Betty, who always had a sketchbook in hand. She was a self-taught, prolific artist, driven by creative desire to share the beauty found in unexpected places.
I love how varied the world of illustration is. There are almost as many styles as there are illustrators. In my case, I developed different styles in response to the nature of the projects I was rendering. During my career I've worked as a commercial designer imagining theater sets, parade floats, museum exhibits, sculptural costumes, mascot characters - things like that.
Today I'm a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and illustrate Children's Books, Song and Story Cards of my own invention and one-of-a-kind projects that pique my curiosity. You'll find samples below.