The common thread of my artistic life is the hand-drawn image. My focus has been writing and illustrating children’s books as well as graphic design. I am now exploring new mediums, both old and new. Merging my love of art and music, I have created a series of hand-cranked illustrated scrolls set to music, also known as “crankies.” Now I am going back to my roots as a printmaker, adapting my practice with modern techniques.
I grew up in the wooded hills of a southwest Pennsylvania river valley. Following a stint at a University Fine Arts program, an extended trip to Mexico changed everything for me as an artist. I fell in love with pure sundrenched color and unabashed decorative patterns.
As a mom and now gramma, I have lived a gypsy lifestyle, moving to places as disparate as the Rocky Mountains, Oregon, and Alaska. Now in the Pacific Northwest, I live with my family surrounded by music and fir trees in a hand-built cedar gingerbread fairytale house. I love the art and message of fairytales, as I believe they teach us to live a life of adventure.