Or ... how I got to this point of my life ... always growing, always changing, and always grateful ...
I have been drawing animals since I was 5 years old, and photographing them as soon as I got my first Brownie camera at 9, taking snapshots of dogs and horses, and ducks on the local pond. My best buddy as a child was Dutchess, the pit bull terrier, (alleged Boxer), I grew up with, and who so influenced my love of all things bully.
A Fine Arts graduate of Pratt Institute, I also studied the writing and illustrating of children's books postgraduate with Uri Shulevitz at the New School. Following a circuitous route in which I became degreed as an Art Therapist and then a Psychoanalyst with my own practice, I resumed my art career as the Fund Raising Manager and Graphic Artist for the largest animal sheltering system in New Jersey. Over the next 20 years there, I gained a wealth of wonderful experience while working on my artwork at home as well. In early 2006, I took a leap of faith to grow my own business in graphic design and animal art with a plan of, at long last, returning to children's books.
It goes without saying that I have a soft spot for the bully breeds - I operated, and did all the graphics for, my own APBT rescue, Friends of Terriers, for over 12 years. My illustrations were published quarterly for over a decade in Just Frenchies magazine, and for six years in Just Terriers magazine until they closed. But I enjoy drawing or photographing any and all types of animals. This has clearly influenced the nature of not just my artwork, but the direction of my children's story writing as well.