My freelance illustration career actually began in fourth grade, raking in playground quarters from friends who commissioned me to draw horses. Later, in college, I majored in my two favorite subjects, reading and drawing, a good combination for working as teacher, graphic designer, art director, illustrator, author and painter.
I live with my family in Charlotte NC where my “treetop studio” overlooks some of Mother Nature’s wild work. My imagery appears in books, magazines, institutional and corporate publications, and surface designs.
The Adobe Illustrator CS WOW! Book series features my art in the 2010, 2006, and 2004 editions . My creative work has been recognized with honors by Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual, Art Director's Club and Bookbuilders of Boston. In favorable reviews from The Horn Book Guide, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus Reviews, my children's book illustration has been called “exuberant, joyful, vibrant, lively, inviting, vivid, energetic, expressive”.
I've illustrated more than a dozen children's trade books, and am author/illustrator of THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN NORTH CAROLINA, published by Sterling, 2009, enjoying it's second reprint for Winter 2011.