About

I grew up in the house built by my father, surrounded by a field of timothy grass in Biddeford, Maine. I spent much of my homeschooled childhood outdoors sketching, or dressed up as Laura Ingalls Wilder living along the banks of Plum Creek, wearing the hand-made bonnet and apron set from my mother. One of my favorite things to do was draw in the forts I made.

I earned my BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. My artwork has won the Maine Duck Stamp three times and is collected throughout the US and Canada.  At Hollins University, I'm an MFA  candidate in their Children’s Literature and Illustration program. I live in my hometown of Biddeford, Maine with my two daughters and their two tuxedo cats. When I’m not in my studio, you can find me reading, eating ice cream, or out exploring with my family, passing on the same wild Maine childhood to my daughters that I had.

 

Education

2014-current, MFA candidate, Children's Literature and Illustration, Hollins University

2004 BFA Illustration, Rhode Island School of Design

 

Awards

2017 NESCBWI Ruth Landers Glass Scholarship

2017 NESCBWI 4 x 4 Author/Illustrator Mentorship with Brian Lies

2017 Margaret Kates Award in Art, 1st place, Franceilia Butler Conference

2017 Ruth Sanderson Award, Illustrator's Spotlight, 1st place, Francelia Butler Conference

2017 Maine Duck Stamp, 1st place

2016 Maine Duck Stamp, 2nd place

2014 Maine Duck Stamp, 1st place 

2011 Maine Duck Stamp, 1st place

 

Experience

2017 co-chair, Francelia Butler Conference, Hollins University

Member SCBWI

Member Portland, Maine Critique Group