I started drawing in grade school, mostly doodling when I should have been paying attention in class. This did not work well with either teachers or parents. But I kept at it. And if my teachers and parents did not like it, my classmates did. And people almost always still do.

Mostly self-trained. I got some help at the Art Students League of New York and at Boston University.

My work for children’s books is often described as “quirky.” I strongly believe that good art for children can’t just be cute. It needs some sort of “twist” — something a bit whacky, challenging, and sometimes even a bit dark.

I am a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). I am also a member of Zygote Press of Cleveland Ohio.