I look at the world as if it is quirky and whimsical and create my art the same way.
Biography: I bet you can’t guess that I love to draw and draw and draw. I do it all the time, even when I not working as an illustrator. I carry a sketchbook with me wherever I go. I wasn’t always good at it, so I took art classes, lot of art classes, and I still take art classes. I even packed up and moved three thousand miles to learn from the best artists. The other things I love are humor, magic, silliness, being young at heart, adventure and sailing. Now for a job that let's me include those things. That’s where illustrating Children’s Books came in. As a Children’s Book Illustrator, I can incorporate most of the things I love into the job and get paid to do it. Then on the weekends, I can sail and find adventures. Let me tell you, illustrating children’s books is the greatest adventure I could have asked for, except for being a Queen. Once a fellow artist told me that if you want to be a 3-D artist you need to have a 3-D life. Meaning that the more experiences you have in life the more life you can put in your work. So new experiences and adventures play a big part in my life, just as much as drawing. Think about it, some of the most interesting people you want to meet have had lots of different and wonderful experiences. My first book was "Timbo and the Butterfly." A friend of mine suggested we do a picturebook. He wrote the story and I illustrated it. His father owned a printing company and printed us a small number of copies. We gave most of them to family and friends, sold a few in a local bookstore and even got an article about the book in the Baltimore Sun. That's when I knew I really wanted to do this work. In 1991, after eight years as a graphic designer, I started the journey of Children’s Book Illustration and since then I have illustrated a number of picturebooks, done educational work, and product illustration. I have also worked for Disney (Pooh and Friends), Warner Brothers Studio (Looney Tunes), Scholastic (Magic School Bus-worked on eleven video covers with another artist), while trying to build up my own client list. In my spare time I teach art to kids. This helps me to stay young at heart, to keep up on what kids like and to share the knowledge I have in art. It also helps me to learn new things, like did you know that every time a fly lands it spits up? I like it best when the kids teach me new things. Currently, I am living on earth with all my characters, oh, and with family. Don't want to forget them. I live in Maryland with the cows, green hills and lots of great characters. Where my adventures take me to next is anyone's guess, but I am hoping that they open a school on the moon so I can do a presentation of my art there.
Country: United States
Site: Happily Ever Art
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