I started drawing as a toddler perched on a pile of telephone books in my artist grandma's Brooklyn studio. On summer days we’d take the train from her house to Coney Island Beach, where we‘d sketch the sleeping sunbathers.
After studying architecture at Cornell, fine arts in London, and design at CCA in Oakland, I worked in design and illustration in the San Francisco Bay Area. I took my work with me when I moved to Hamburg, Germany, where I married and our son was born. Returning to the States ten years later, we settled in Corvallis, Oregon.
The beauty in the old world cities I lived in set my trajectory—illustrating picture books set in earlier times such as Mrs. Peachtree and the Eighth Avenue Cat by Erica Silverman, followed by Mrs. Peachtree’s Bicycle, The Blue Hill Meadows by Cynthia Rylant, The 18 Penny Goose (set in the Revolutionary War), The Promise Quilt by Candice Ransom (after the Civil War), a picture book re-telling of Anne of Green Gables, and others. The story of Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve’s The Christmas Coat: Memories of my Sioux Childhood unfolds on the Rosebud reservation, South Dakota, during the winter of 1945. More recently, Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, an outstanding historical narrative for which I illustrated an abridged children’s edition, was published in South Korea. My medium is watercolor and pencil, sometimes with gouache, on watercolor paper.