I have loved drawing since I was very young. I took art classes all throughout school and college and finally ended up at The Art Institute of Boston studying illustration. During art school, I had an internship the Horn Book, a review periodical presenting the best in children's literature. It was during this time that I realized the kind of illustration I wanted to do was for children's publishing.
I have been working as a professional illustrator for 13 years, and have illustrated eighteen books. I live with my husband and our two children in an old farmhouse in Vermont. My studio is in the house and looks out onto the yard and gardens where lots of birds and wildlife visit. It is snowy here a good part of the year, so when I am not working, I enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding with our children. When it is warm, I like to garden, walk our dogs, swim in the lake, and hike.
When I was growing up with my older sister and brother in Rhode Island, I enjoyed catching frogs and turtles at a nearby pond, playing at the beach, drawing, painting, and reading. Now, not much is different. I like to spend time outside and I get to draw and paint almost every day. I still catch frogs and turtles, but with my children, and when I read my favorite children's books, I read to them. The book we are reading now is The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, by Joan Aiken.
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