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Statement:

CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITING AND ILLUSTRATION: My illustration work is influenced by nature, and my favorite artists. I am pursuing projects as an author/illustrator for children's books that range from picture books to YA.

ILLUSTRATION: Ranges from realistic and scientific botanical/natural science illustrations. General illustration focuses on food, travel and theater designs. I enjoy working in a variety of styles that both challenge me and serve my creative interests.

PHOTOGRAPHY: I work both in black and white and the technique of hand coloring silver gelatin prints. The colored works are like traditional painting; the colors are mixed by hand, and as a result, they are individual paintings produced in small limited editions.

It is very much about story telling, a sense of place, a mood, and about people, their passions, aspirations, and their labor. It is visual writing, part voyeurism, and part reflection.

FINE ART: More traditional in subject matter, I work in a variety of mediums: pastel, watercolor, oil, and printmaking.

TEACHING: Art is a wonderful gateway to learning core curriculum subjects for children. I also work with adults and senior populations. I offer a variety of mediums and have programs from 1 day to a full semester. Writing programs are geared for both fiction and non-fiction.

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