I have loved illustrating children's books for over 30 years. You may recognize my work in your home library- I have illustrated the "Ramona" and "Henry" series by Beverly Cleary, as well as countless other picture and chapter books. I was the youngest of six children in a family of artists. By the time I was in high school, it was very clear to me that I was going to have a career in art. I went to Rhode Island School of Design to study painting, but I switched to illustration halfway through my sophomore year. I loved illustration! I had great teachers like David Macaulay and Chris Van Allsburg. I didn't decide on children's books until well after I finished college. I had tried lots of different types of illustration, including magazine, newspaper, advertising, store windows and even scrimshaw. I chose children's books because it seemed to be the most fun and offered lots of room for creativity. When I am not working on a book, I make paintings, mostly in oil. I like to experiment with different media. Right now I am into reverse scratchboard with ink, acrylic, watercolor. the scratchboard allows me to use tools to take the color back off. I also like to make tiles and throw pots. Working in 3D is a nice change from making flat pictures and I LOVE to get my hands dirty! When working with children, I like to introduce them to new materials, then let them explore the materials in their own way.