Biography

I am an illustrator and printmaker based in New York City. I received my BA from Princeton University and my MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. Drawing and painting are my way of understanding and celebrating the world. I am particularly interested in stories of everyday life and the relationship between animals and their ecosystems. 

 

One of my primary aims is to write and illustrate non-fiction picture books exploring wildlife themes. Through my stories, I hope to transport young readers into the worlds of other species, allowing them to imagine a different way of navigating life. In my ink and watercolor illustrations, I try to create both a sense of careful design and spontaneity; watercolor has the wonderful ability to simultaneously produce controlIed and unpredictable results. I am represented by the Whiteman Agency. 

 

In addition to my illustration work, I produce monotype portraits of various species. I work on Plexiglass with oil-based inks, transferring the image onto paper through a press. The process is immediate and gestural. I use a roller (or brayer) to apply the paint and wipe it away with my hand and a piece of cloth. The white of the paper acts as the brightest white. While there is a good deal of planning and practice behind each image, the finished piece takes me a few hours from start to finish. As a pianist is rewarded for hours of rehearsal, the final performance feels confident and dynamic. My most recent show was at the Henry Ferguson museum on Fishers Island, where I presented a body of work celebrating local flora and fauna.