It was 2007 when I began working in my dream job, as a children's book illustrator.
Since then I have worked on too many projects to count!
One of my favorites was the "Chris P Bacon" series written by Len Lucero and Kristina Tracy published by Hay House Publishers. I did three books centering a the very heroic, little pig. Working with Jennifer Richards at Hay House was a dream come true.
I recently completed an eight book series for Free Spirit Publishing in their Learning About Me and You Early Social Skills series beginning with "I Belong" and including, "I Listen," I Share, I Grow"... and more. I'm so proud of these books!
I have illustrated for both the trade and the educational market working with publishers like Free Spirit Publishing, McGraw Hill Education, Pearson Education, Bright Sky Press, Raven Tree Press, Compass Media and Nelson Publishing, just to name a few.
Working with writers who initiate the projects has become more and more common. There are some beautiful books out there that are being self published and I'm so happy to be part of them.
I have been so lucky to "meet" some wonderful and creative people from the comfort of my downstairs studio in Long Island, New York. Everything I do is over email and recently I moved to painting completely digitally. All of my illustrations are done on Photoshop. I still wear my smock but it stays very clean!
Working digitally helps me to work faster while maintaining the quality product I am used to providing. I love my Mac and Waacom tablet and now I could not illustrate without them. Working digitally makes deadlines fun for me. I have never missed one!
My specialty is drawing and painting people and animals. As I kid I was obsessed with drawing faces of celebrities, sports figures, family members and neighbor's pets.
Now I am paid to do it and sometimes I still cannot believe my luck. I would be so happy to work on your project!
I have worked consistently since 2007 with many publishers art directors and writers. My client list includes:
Free Spirit Publishing, Hay House Publishers, Tilbury House Publishers, McGraw Hill Education, Seed Learning, and Learning A-Z
Raven Tree Press, Sadlier, Nelson Publishing, RCL Benziger, Mondo Publishing, Compass Media, Heinemann, Pearson Education, and Bright Sky Press
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