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About

For me, illustration is the key to my secret garden, my golden ticket, my looking glass, my glass slipper. I draw and paint as a way to free my mind and escape into the many worlds of the written word. Whether it be for the pages of children's books, greeting cards, gifts, or decor; I incorporate children, adults, animals, fantasy creatures, and landscapes in a unique and imaginative way in order to tell the story. I work digitally to bring my characters and environments to life and transport the viewer to a place of dreams.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Sep 2003 – Present, Whippany Park High School, Art Teacher

Introduction to Drawing, Technical Drawing, Graphic Design: Illustrator, Graphic Design: PhotoShop, Advanced Graphic Design, Photography
2003-2011 Scenic design and/or construction and building for the Fall Dramas and Spring Musicals
2004-2012 Head Yearbook Adviser
2004-present Graphic Design for Fall Dramas and Spring Musicals


EDUCATION

Sep 1997 – May 2001, University of Delaware, Bachelor of Fine Arts; concentration: Photography

2001 Hardcastle’s Gallery Award 
2001 George Necito Art Award 
1997 - 2001 Dean’s List 
1997 - 2001 University Merit Scholarship 
1997 - 2001 Calloway Humanities Scholarship
Study Abroad - New Zealand Photographic Walkabout, Winter 01


Jan 2002 – May 2003, William Paterson University, Initial Certification Program; K-12 Teacher of Art

Jun 2010 – May 2014, Academy of Art University (AAU), Master of Fine Arts; Traditional Illustration Program: Children's Book Illustration

2014 MFA Illustration Spring Show



SKILLS

Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Pencil, Watercolor, Oil, Acrylic, Pastel, Charcoal


AWARDS

Creative Quarterly 37, The Journal of Art & Design

Runner Up, Illustration Student, 2014

3x3, The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, Annual No. 11 Student Show

Honorable Mention, 2014

Paper Mill Playhouse

Nominee for Outstanding Graphic Design, Scenic Design, and Lobby Design

University of Delaware

Hardcastle's Gallery Award, 2001
George Necito Art Award, 2001



ORGANIZATIONS

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Golden Key National Honor Society

International Society for Technology in Education