I grew up in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, and was one of those doodling kids that wasn’t terribly good at much else in school. As a teen I lived with my father and several roommates in a house where we had more art tables than living room furniture. I worked on layouts for the music & art magazines that he started and learned the printing and graphics trade in his backyard print shop. Saturday mornings could mean waking up to a touring band that was crashing out in our living room. I painted album covers for punk rock bands, window signs for the local pizza joint, made a papier-mâché mask that made it into Mad Magazine, rode my motorcycle with no helmet, and doodled.
At 16 I was able to enter a junior college while still in high school to study graphic design. But it was my first paid illustration job at 17, which included 110 anatomical drawings for a massage book, that was instrumental in pursuing an artistic career path.
I started in the graphic design department at the Academy of Art college, but left with a BFA in illustration in 1995. I returned to school in 2011, while working full time, to graduate with a Certificate of Completion in Textile and Surface Pattern Design from The California School of Professional Fabric Design.
I currently reside in the East Bay with my dogs, cats, and a steady flow of very hungry hummingbirds. When time allows I love taking on new learning curves, working with fabrics and sewing stuff, making things like jewelry and other crafty stuff, playing with power tools and building stuff…and running a successful spider relocation program.
• Gold. Calendar Marketing Association. “Best graphic design, retail
• Gold. The San Francisco Society of Illustrators Annual Show, 1995
• Gold and Silver. Academy of Art Spring Show, 1995