I grew up in
Cleveland Heights, Ohio, where I began writing
poems and creating imaginary worlds since at least the age
of six. If
asked at any point since then what I wanted to be when I
grew up, I would have answered, “a writer.” That is still
my answer. My love of language – especially the
English language – led me to major in linguistics at Yale
graduation an unexpected detour found me teaching middle school art for
ten years. Teaching
art was how I became, de facto, an artist myself.
made the choice to give up teaching upon the birth of my
children in 2002. At
the same time some of my work was being exhibited in a six
person show which, although it was not my first show, was
the first time that I made sales enough to make me start
thinking seriously about showing my own work. In 2005 I
published my first book, of which I was both author and
illustrator, combining my two loves.
When I left teaching I really missed it, but getting serious about my own art and writing has been a way to reconnect with people, and a way to share what I love and what I get excited about. Both writing and making block prints are very solitary pursuits for me, and I like that I can balance the solitude of working out my ideas with the human connections of sharing my work at shows. I believe that both art and writing allow us to envision our world in new ways that just might be the key to making the world a better place. I really enjoy sharing that vision with people - through open studios, through my blog, and through school visits and library programs.
lots more about me, please visit my
blog Black & White (Words & Pictures).
the Process page to learn
how I create my block prints.
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