I am a fine artist and illustrator residing in San Diego with my family and our pup. My family nurtured my growth and development through exposure to the arts, books, nature, adventure, and concern for the human experience. These elements inform my work: be it a work of fine art, an illustrative piece, or a book to be enjoyed by a child and/or adult.
I guess I am a late bloomer. It has taken me quite a while to find my true calling. Along the way, I have enjoyed exploring and learning in wonderful places with interesting people. My mom was my very first art teacher, and I am fortunate to have taken many art classes with excellent teachers over the years. I spent several years teaching elementary school before raising my children. I am currently completing certificates in children's book writing and illustration.
As a fine artist, I capture the essence of beauty in the natural world and everyday sights. I work in a variety of mediums.
As an illustrator, I create narrative illustrations that engage imagination, wonder, curiosity, and empathy.
As an author, I weave words with my art: sharing stories, information and inspirations.
As a teacher, I design lessons to engage students in the process of making visual and narrative art.
EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
UCSD: Jim Machacek; San Diego Academy of Art: Stephen Curry, Bronle Crosby, Stuart Burton;
Matthew Fussell, Patricia Watwood, Stephanie Bower, Gary Faigin, Paul Heaston, Suma CM
Bravo School of Art: Bronle Crosby; Atheneum Art School: Jeff Yeomans; Art on 30th: Kristen
Guest; Matthew Fussel, Kateri Ewing, Jill Poyerd
UCSD, Certificate in Children's Book Illustration- Joy Chu, Jennifer Hewittson;
SCBWI, Andrea Zuille, Suzanne K. Kaufman, Christian Robinson, Peter Brown, Dan Santat, John Klassen, LeUyen Pham; SVS Learn- Will Terry, Jake Parker, Lee White, Anna Daviscourt; Shadra Strickland, Lynne Chapman, Ann Thomas, Doreen Mulryan
UCSD Certificate in Children's Book Writing- Andrea Zimmerman, Sarah Tomp, Carolyn
Marsden, Cindy Jensen-Elliot; SCBWI San Diego- countless children's literature professionals
1994 POINT LOMA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY, Certificate in Elementary Education, Cross
Cultural, Language, and Academic Certificate, Supplementary Authorization in Health
1992 SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, cume sum laude
San Diego Watercolor Society, Atheneum Music & Arts Library, Society of
Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators