Get to know me
Like many illustrators, I’ve dipped my toes into all sorts of media: from stained glass to digital art. But the substance and simplicity of paper always draws me back. My favorite process is a cross between painting and paper cutting; and although it takes a little more time and effort, I enjoy every moment it takes to bring my characters to life!
Since I was a shy, awkward kid, I found that my art and writing were bridges to connecting with people. As a shy, awkward adult, my passion is still building and nurturing community, and my dream is to use those well-worn bridges to do it.
What I do
When I was 8, I cut puppies out of a roll of wrapping paper and assembled them into a spectacularly monotonous board book. Since then, I have loved taking things apart and putting them back together again. This informed my fondness for my college 2-D design class, my momentary obsession with stained glass, and my current process which combines painting and papercutting.
How I work
My parents’ insistence that I figure out how to entertain myself when I was little resulted in my having a super-human attention span. When I’m in the throes of a project, I typically sit at my table drawing, painting, cutting, gluing, and ignoring my need to eat, sleep, or blink.
What I deliver
For better or worse, empathy is one of my strongest traits. I realized recently that I mimic the faces I am trying to draw and thus often take on the emotions of my characters. But I also favor an old-fashioned innocence and whimsy. So my completed projects tend to encompass a combination of depth and lightheartedness.