Illustrator & Graphic Artist
2930 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94611
I was born in San Francisco in 1959. I live in Oakland, California with my beloved husband Michael and rather too many cats.
I have always read voraciously. and loved children's books, such as The Phantom Tollbooth and Maurice Sendak's work. I'm inspired by such contemporary illustrators as Kinuko Craft, Gennady Spirin, Michael Hague, and Dan San Souci, and classic illustrators Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, and Kate Greenaway, who first brought beauty to children's books.
I am working on a number of Children's books, including The Tale of La Befana, which I also wrote, about the traditional Italian Christmas gift-giver; Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, a version of the folk song Scarborough Fair; and Coniglio, a trickster tale, with Michael Koenig.
I have a double Bachelaureat from the University of California at Berkeley, with degrees in (practice of) Art and History of Art. I was one of three 1995 City of Oakland volunteers of the year for work through the Oakland Library's adult literacy program. I do a lot of historical research for my work, especially the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, European middle ages and renaissance.
In my study of art history, I am informed by such artists as the Pre-Raphealites and those influenced by the movement, such as Dante Gabriel Rosetti and J. W. Waterhouse, as well as medieval illuminated manuscripts, and renaissance artists Albrecht Durer, Lucas Cranach, Sandro Botecelli and the Van Eykes.
I have worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for over 20 years, doing presentation work for Levi-Strauss and Company and developing the Booklover's Guides, a series of guides to regional independent bookstores, which won the 1997 Greater Mission Award.