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 linework 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!
Odyssey
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Honors & Awards
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
2002 Austin Young Engineer’s Award for My Brother Loved Snowflakes
First Place, Stylized Realism, SCBWI National Portfolio Show, 2000


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