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I won the Dorothy Markinko Scholarship Award for the 2014 Rutgers One-on-One Plus Conference! I am so honored to have this vote of confidence from an organization that I've only been accepted into once before. Now I get to go on scholarship! Yippee!


I am thrilled to be the new co-president of CBIG, the Children’s Book Illustrators Group. Our next meeting will be on Sunday, September 14th at 2pm in Manhattan. Our speaker will be Rachel Orr from the Prospect Agency. Whether you are a member or not, you may come to this meeting. Contact me directly for directions, or visit the website –

"CBIG, the Children’s Book Illustrators Group, is a New York City-based group of members are illustrators and author-illustrators who create high-quality work for children’s publishing and media. Anyone with a demonstrated interest in children’s book illustration may become a member, whether published or not."–


My weekly entries for "Illustration Friday" are archived on this blog. Includes unfinished sketches – some imagination required.

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Here are the classes I will be teaching Fall 2014 at the Arts Council of Princeton:

Watercolor: Focus on Light
Beginner to Intermediate
With so many aspects of painting to juggle (composition, color, values), an artist can get lost trying to create a cohesive image. With strong light, many of these elements fall into place naturally. In this class, we will observe the various levels of lighting, and how the right balance can make a painting "sing." We will experiment with light's counterpart, darkness, too. We will study master painters of all mediums, and note their use of light and dark to make an image come to life. 

  • Location: Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
  • Ages: 15+
  • Thursday, 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • Oct 2 - Nov 6
  • $108/$86 Member (Limit: 10 students)

Picture Book Illustration: Searching for My Style
All Levels
As with any art form, picture book artists are constantly searching for new ways to create better visual storytelling-whether through new mediums, a new style or studying new ways to convey expression in a character. Like any artistic pursuit, this process is ongoing. Beginners and more seasoned illustrators are welcome to participate in a class that offers a safe and supportive environment to try new techniques and ways of picture making. If your current illustration style feels awkward to you-then use the freedom of this class to experiment! Students are invited to make stand-alone illustrations or picture book dummies complete with final art dilorenzos. The only requirement for the class is an eagerness to explore!

  • Location: Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
  • Ages: 16+
  • Monday, 10:00am-12:30pm
  • Oct 6 - Nov 10
  • $158/$135 Member (Limit: 10 students)

Drawing 101: New Beginnings
Join this popular "taster tour"! This class is designed for those who have always wanted to draw, but had no training (or confidence). Participants will start seeing the world in a whole new way.  Drawing is where to begin - it's the foundation of all art.  Study challenging drawing problems and how master artists approached them. Have fun learning the basics of drawing using pencil, charcoal, and colored pencil. This class is an introduction to the building blocks of drawing. Simple lines take on new meaning. Shading takes on a whole new "light". Scribbling and doodling will help you explore hidden talents. Become better acquainted with the drawing pencil through simple exercises, all while gaining confidence. Experiment with "upside drawing" and "drawing with closed eyes". Give it try and have some fun! Students will also learn about tone, value, lights and darks, and all those pesky grays in between. The class will address simple subject matter (still life, etc.), basic exercises, and a review of masters´ drawings, all designed to build confidence and have fun.

  • Location: Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
  • Ages: 15+
  • Tuesday, 5:00pm-6:30pm
  • Sep 30 - Nov 18
  • $195/$170 Member (Limit: 12 students)


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