Growing up in New York City’s urban kaleidoscope of culture, grit, splendor and a pulsating art scene was certainly an inspiration. During Junior High School, my painting of Times Square was selected to exhibit in one of NYC’s renowned Museums of Art. Later, I was accepted into a hip Manhattan art school where my formal training began and my appreciation of fine art emerged.
I started out as an assistant in the graphic art department for a large book publisher and moved on to illustrating spec sheets for a Fashion Avenue clothing company. Soon afterwards, newspaper publishing, including a decade at a major newspaper located in the heart of NYC’s East Village. In my spare time, I continued to paint and exhibit around the city.
In an effort to spend more time with my children, I decided to freelance from home as an illustrator and graphic designer. During this time, I re-acquainted myself with a lifelong passion; children's books. In 2004, my first book, "Super Silly Sayings That Are Over Your Head" was published (Starfish Press), which received a Benjamin Franklin Literary Award nomination for Best New Voice (Children's/Young Adult). My next book,"What's That Look On Your Face?" (AAPC) 2008, received numerous accolades from critics, educators, parents, and - most importantly - children.
I currently live in California with my family. It’s a world that’s far-removed from New York City, but the city kid somehow always finds its way into my work.
Member since 2010
Region: California: Orange County/Long Beach/Riverside/San Bernardino
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