Hi again everyone! I guess eventhough I've corresponded with everyone via email a couple of times already and feel like I've gotten to know you all somewhat it's nice to do a little intro and share some of my background with you. I know so far from the intros posted I feel lucky to have found such an interesting and talented group of artists to share all my thoughts, dilemas and uncertainties about the industry along with just fun stuff too. I've been married to my wonderful civil engineer husband, Thomas, for 18 years now . We are like night and day for the most part but have managed to survive the bumbs along the way and keep very busy raising our 4 children. Tommy 16, Caitlin 14, Evan 5 and Graig 3. I can't say enough wonderful things about them. Yes they devour most of my spare time but without them I couldn't imagine life. They are a great source of inspiration and good HONEST critics. I actually don't ask them what they think about a piece I might be working on when I'm having a "down" day! We live in a modest very comfortable house in the suburbs, in a very pretty, small town called Stony Point, about an hour's drive north of Manhattan. A place I soon hope to be taking my portfolio around to different publishing houses. Hopefully in the early fall! I work in a space in my house I share with my two little ones a lot. The so called "playroom/mom's studio". I do most of my intense work early in the morning when everyone is either at work or school and the little one Graig sleeps in. I can work quite a bit with them playing nearby and just have gotten very used to the interruption calls for juice or snacks you name it. It has truly made me appreciate every spare moment I have alone to the millionth degree!
Anyway on another note, I can still remember the first art teacher I had in grammer school like it was yesterday. "Mr. Peterson" he was fantastic. A gentle giant that loved to share the wonderful things he knew about art with his students and encourage our individual expressions. The smell of those huge jugs of paint and the easles lined up with big brushes and large sheets of crisp white paper just waiting for us to use doesn't escape my memory! It was of course my favorite place to be in school always. I eventually graduated from Parsons School of Design in NYC with a degree in Fine Art. After graduating I worked doing small freelance jobs here and there and eventually started up my own art studio in my home where I taught drawing and painting to kids 7 to 18. I loved it and it was very convenient once I started having my own children. I did that for many years. After having my fourth child my once classroom I had turned into the playroom/studio. Hence I stopped teaching and started focusing on illustration. So here I am. For the last year and a half I've focused on getting a website up and putting together a strong portfolio, along with trying to market myself in hopes of someday breaking into this business!! Enough about me. As usual I could go on forever. Happy Illustrating!!