I was born in the middle
of a huge Catholic family, and grew up in the ‘burbs of PA & NY. I digested
my art education – a BFA in Illustration from Parson’s School of Design in NYC
– by traveling around the world, getting a good dose of art, culture, and
perspective along the way. When I wasn't traveling, I was learning a lot about children by
working as a daycare provider, and teaching art to kids. I moved back and forth
between NYC and San Francisco, following either my artistic desires, or my need
to lighten up and have some fun.
my own child was my next big thing. After settling into parenting, I was able,
by a mix of good fortune and mid-life crisis, to build a career on
mural-making. It has since
expanded to include illustration. This is also fortuitous, because it pushes me
ever closer to my big dream of getting my own children’s books published.
My artistic inclinations are
shaped largely by my religious upbringing, which added a philosophical
component to my childhood musings (as well as a lot of guilt, and some other character-building detritus). Another big influence on my
artwork was life in San Francisco and NYC, where my perceptions of our
techno-industrial culture took form and grew up. International travel added
quite a bit of contrast to my Western experience. These formative influences,
as well as my fascination with things scientific, devotional, industrial,
spiritual, and socio-political, continue to drive my art-making process.