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My work germinates the only place it can, in and through my experiences of being female at this place and time.  I am a lover of non-linear narrative, and the challenge of positing and answering a problem visually. These stories come from my daily life, the books, music, food and people in it. The epigenetics of trauma, the dialog between past and present, and challenging the mythology of women are currently the concepts utilized in my imagery, juxtaposed with humor, magical realism and my obsessive nostalgia for a seventies childhood that never existed. Oh, and of course, revenge. Wrong an artist and they will art about it.

I often use myself as a model to capture the immediacy of the idea, and dramatic, mural-style composition is my focus, how little can I show and still convey the concept. The initial drawing and line work are elements I maintain as the scaffolding of each work with predominantly transparent color draped over this skeleton. I spend hours researching articles and imagery, shooting reference photos and creating studies before beginning, a nod to my years in illustration and my inner OCD demon who demands such rigor. Offering something meaningful, whether in craft or concept, memory or humor, is the underlying goal of all my work.

 

Publishers

Red Chair Press/ Lerner Group
Wordsong
Boyds Mills Press
Harcourt Educational
McGraw-Hill
Pearson
Scholastic Educational
Scott Foresman
Steck-Vaughn
Zaner-Bloser
Houghton Mifflin Educational
Magazines:
Spider
Cricket
Ladybug
Highlights for Children
Highlights High Five
Appleseeds!

Education

B.F.A, Cum Laude, 1990, The Columbus College of Art and Design

Master of Fine Arts Program classes, 1999-2000, Marywood University

SmART School Full Mentorship with Rebecca Leville Guay, Fall 2016, Online

Continuing education, 1994-present, Mesa Community College

Exhibitions

2018      Motherland, The Hive, February 16-March 11, solo

                Illustration West 56, Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, group

Phoenix: A Creative Oasis, Offices of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, curated for Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art by Ted Decker, group

2017      Imagine II: Art of the Children’s Book Exhibition, dA Center for the Arts, group

Annual Student Art Exhibition, Mesa Community College Art Gallery, juror Patty Haberman, Head Curator Mesa Arts Center Museum, group

2009       Southeast Regional Branch Library, Maricopa Library System, solo

2008       Festival Owl Exhibit, Keene State College, Keene, NH, group

Grants and Awards

Recipient, Ted Decker Catalyst Fund micro grant, February 2018

Gold Award, Illustration West 56, Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, 2018

Best of Show, Annual Student Art Exhibition, Mesa Community College Art Gallery, juror Patty Haberman, Chief Curator, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Spring 2017

Illustrator of the Month, Highlights for Children, December 2010

Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2010 edition for A Party in Ramadan

CCBC Choices 2010 for A Party In Ramadan

Parent’s Choice Award, 2009 for A Party in Ramadan

Illustrator of the Month, Highlights for Children, July 2008

Skipping Stones Honor Award, 2008 for The Best Eid Ever

Collections

The Mary Wong Collection , College of Education, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

The Mazza Museum, University of Findlay, Findlay, OH

Festival Owl Project, Keene State College, Keene, NH

Private Collections