I grew up in an art gallery. (Yes I did.)
When I was 12 I made little creatures called “Nice Mice” & sold them from my own booth at the India Street Art Colony Jazz Festival.
I studied Illustration and Graphic Design at Otis Parsons and SDSU.
My first college art teacher was Hiroshi Miyazaki and to this day I can only pronounce Chiaroscuro as he did—with Japanese intonation layered on Italian pronunciation. I can still hear him say it clear as day—a fond memory of the most expressive and fitting pronunciation of Chiaroscuro I've ever heard.
I have been a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) since 2005.
I had the amazing honor to work with author/illustrator, Yuyi Morales in the 2009 Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program.
I have been using Apple computers since 1980.
I wasn't aware how much I use my hands when I talk until I was animatedly describing some illustrations during a live radio interview a few years back. I managed to unplug all the sound equipment I was connected to with one enthusiastic gesture. Sound techs sure can move fast!
I have been living, working and playing in South Lake Tahoe, California since 1988 and have illustrated and designed for people all across the U.S.
I wear many hats in my life and a lot of them are helmets.
When we got our dog she was afraid of trash cans, tree stumps, people, other dogs and shadows.
The most validating thing a publishing house art director ever said to me:
“You can obviously draw the hell out of anything.”