The world of art has fascinated me since I was a child, everything from theatre and music to paintings and illustrations. I, of course, was not outgoing enough for the stage or coordinated enough to play an instrument but with a blank canvas and some sort of writing utensil, I found I could create worlds. The problem though was that everything became a canvas (walls, clothes, the family car…) After completing high school, I enrolled into Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida to which, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and Illustration. Still yearning for more knowledge, I attended Tampa Technical College earning an associate degree in Graphic Design, followed by Manatee Community College’s associates in Graphic Design, Marketing and Business.
After several years as an Advertising Art Director for Gulfshore Life magazine, I set out on my own as a freelance graphic designer providing services such as advertising layout, logo design, illustration and publication layout for many clients in the southwest Florida area. In 2006 I illustrated my first children’s book The Great Monkey Adventure, followed by Furry Oscar finds a Home in 2015. It was in 2010, though, that I wrote and illustrated my own children’s book A Rainy Day Tale, which was inspired by my own son Cory’s childhood.
My work has been exhibited in various galleries throughout SW Florida. Currently you can find me at the Harbour View Gallery in Cape Coral.
I’ve spent my spare time painting, illustrating and always working to perfect my skills as a fine artist; art is my true passion. My artistic style is the result of combining my love to illustrate, paint and utilize color with the skills fostered in school but mastered with experience. My work reflects my own whimsical style and interpretation of the world around us. To me, art should not be exactly the same as reality; art should be fun, imaginative and thought provoking - like that of a dream.