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I’m an art director and designer-illustrator with two decades experience in publishing, apparel and a range of other markets. Clients and licensing partners include Barnes and Noble, Scholastic and Disney Publishing.
I have two main areas of focus:
• Art direction, graphic design and illustration for publishing; particularly for children’s markets.
• Surface design — making patterns that are applied to products for the home decor, stationery, apparel, gift and textile markets.
My patterns and illustrations have appeared in books, on baby slings, pajamas, notebooks, gift bags and more. I love the thrill of seeing a drawing start off in my sketchbook and end up on something functional, like a bag or piece of clothing. My goal is to bring a little joy to your customer with graphics and color.
As an art director and designer-illustrator I've helped publishing clients with a wide range of needs including project management, hiring and supervising remote teams of designers and illustrators, design of book interiors and covers, creation of graphics, series logos, visual explainers and illustrations, photo research, marketing and more. As Associate Art Director at Scholastic I collaborated with global brands and top children's illustrators on books, promotions and packaging. As Senior Designer at Rosen Publishing I created over one hundred nonfiction titles on history, science, art and wellness. I supervised all phases of book creation, from concept to press checks.
Teaching has always been at the heart of my work. I currently teach design and color theory at Seton Hall University. Course content covers drawing, illustration, typography, user experience design and critical thinking. In the past I taught design at Jersey City's High School of Visual and Performing Arts, Pratt University Continuing Education and Arizona State University. I hold a K-12 Teacher of Art Standard Certificate in the state of New Jersey.
I've always explored feminist and feminine themes in my work. I'm inspired by folk artists who are driven to make the world more beautiful, such as Grandma Moses, Maud Lewis, Maria Primachenko and the many textile and decorative artists who were experts in color and craft, but whose names we don't know. A love of history informs my work, whether I’m looking at antique rugs for pattern inspiration or illustrating an object from the past, like these.
Parsons, 2004, coursework in book design
Arizona State University, 1999, MFA in printmaking and book arts
University of Wisconsin, 1997 graduate study in printmaking and book arts
Rutgers University, 1994, BA in art, BA in art history
WORK WITH ME: I’d love to help with your graphic design or illustration needs. You can email me at email@example.com.
To buy my patterns please contact my agent Michael Allison at Group Four Design Studio in New York, http://www.groupfourdesign.com.
TEACHING: I currently teach design at Seton Hall University. You can see work by my students here. I also hold a K-12 Teacher of Art Standard Certificate in the State of New Jersey.
HOME: When I'm not working I hang out with my family in Hopewell, New Jersey. And I field a lot of questions from my kids. Here are some of my favorites.
“If a bumble bee farts, does it smell like honey?”
"Can I stay home from school tomorrow? My eyebrow is loose."