I grew up near Buffalo New York in a family chock full of musicians, artists, and crazy people with a love for life. I started drawing as soon as I could hold a crayon and just never stopped. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be an artist when I finally grew up. (I’m still not sure I’ve achieved that “grown up” status yet, and to tell the truth I’m not sure I ever will.) To that end I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Art from Messiah College with a concentration in Drawing and Illustration, and completed coursework from the Tyler School of Art. I worked for nine years as an artist and designer before returning to my first love: children’s book illustration. My experience includes illustrating and authoring children’s books, speaking at schools and teaching illustration at the Performing and Visual Arts magnet school and Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts. I am the Illustrator Coordinator for the SCBWI Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia region. In addition, EB Lewis has been my illustration mentor since October 2013.
I now live in Maryland and enjoy spending time with my husband and four young children, while working as an author/illustrator from my home studio during every spare moment.