I grew up in Bristol, Rhode Island. As the youngest of three in my family, I was content watching, listening, day dreaming, and drawing. My love of art took a long and meandering path on the way to children's publishing. I scooped ice cream, worked as a camp counselor, waited tables at a dude ranch, and operated a chairlift at a ski resort. At one point I even hoped to become a veterinarian! But none of these things gave me the satisfaction I longed for.
Already having earned a BA in art and French, I finished a second degree in illustration at the Art Institute of Boston (now Lesley University College of Art and Design). During that time, I began an internship at children's book review magazine The Horn Book which focused my broad interest in art onto the wonderful illustration of children's books. Upon graduation, I dove into publishing.. To date, I have illustrated twenty-four books for children!
It had long been a dream of mine to write my own stories. After many years as an illustrator, I tried my hand at writing. I have now authored three picture books: EMERSON BARKS/Christy Ottaviano Books/Holt 2016, A QUIETER STORY/Margaret Ferguson Books/Holiday House in 2019, and ONCE UPON A WINTER DAY/Margaret Ferguson Books/Holiday House in 2020 which was selected as one of Bank Street College of Education's Best Books of 2020. 2024 will see the publication of my fourth picture book, PHIL'S BIG DAY/Margaret Ferguson Books/Holiday House.
My home is in Vermont, nestled between the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain. Nature is a big part of my life and when not working in my studio, I can be found on the lake, on the side of a mountain, or deep in the woods with my family and/or two dogs.