I have an MFA from Hunter College. My abstract paintings have been in the Whitney Museum of American Art. But for the last decade I’ve been writing and painting for kids. I enjoy the honest responses I get from preschoolers and kindergarteners. Recently, I stumbled on a youtube of a kindergartener reading Lily’s Cat Mask. She read it with so much feeling. She even changed her voice to fit each character. That’s about as good as it gets.
Yes! I have a picture book coming out in the spring of 2020 from Candlewick. It's the story of a little dancer. She's leaving her mother's dance class (and her mother's side) to start preschool. Title coming. Watch this space!
The drawings frequently come before the words. My ideas can start with a drawing of a character -- someone who seems to have his or her own story.
I look at tons of art. In 2006 my friend, artist Shelley Davies and I started the blog, Children's Illustration. It has since morphed into a fb page --https://www.facebook.com/childrens.illustration.9/ Looking at other artist's work inspires me to experiment with techniques and styles. My work is looser these days. I'm enjoying the sketchy quality of it. It looks less labored, but in truth I often go back and tweak my compositions, and in some cases I scrap the whole thing and start over.