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A little about my artwork: I interpret the words written on a page by telling the story behind the story working with pen and ink, watercolor and Photoshop, I fuse old techniques with modern ones to create a world that every drawing can speak to a child or grownups.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012

Wishing everyone a safe
Merry Christmas!

Penguins seem to be my muse this Holiday Season


Saturday, December 15, 2012

"Snow" Illustration Friday

Holliday Penguin & Uni-Bot
Illustration Friday word challenge

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


What have are friends gotten into now?
Illustration Friday
 word challenge

Thursday, December 6, 2012

"Stretch" Illustration Friday

Illustration Friday
word challenge for the week

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Illustration Friday meets Emma "whiskers"

Emma has "whiskers!"
I said when I read the word challenge from
Illustration Friday.
Emma is a character I just started to look at again after along time sitting on a shelf collecting dust the artwork is new for a older idea and it has been fun to reunite with her   

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

“Behind every great man is a great woman”
  If this quote is true that would mean I’m F@*King bleep bleeping amazing!
The first week of February I will be attending the Society of Children’s’ Book Writers & Illustrators Winter Conference and I have been putting my energy in creating a new portfolio for their showcase.
  I started working on it early to make sure all my ducks are lined up in a row ( more lame quotes). But as I work on the last piece of my portfolio that stupid quote keeps popping into my head, and I realize if it was not for a group of women who I cherish this would not be happening from those who have encouraged me over the years and not afraid to say “you can do better!” to the one who sat with me a picked out what artwork should be showcased. With Thanksgiving around the corner I thought it would be an appropriate time to say
(No name are given to protect the privacy of those I speak of and trying to figure out who should have been listed first may have caused unnecessary blood shed)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Beatrix Potter The Picture Letters

Beatrix Potter wrote her first stories in the form of picture letters purely for her own pleasure and the entertainment of children in her acquaintance. Years later she borrowed the letters back and published them in revised and enlarged versions now acclaimed as classics of children’s literature. This exhibition brings together twenty picture letters, including the earliest surviving picture letter, the famous Peter Rabbit letter, and others containing the original ideas for the adventures of Squirrel Nutkin, Jeremy Fisher, and Pig Robinson.

What can I say about this exhibit, if you love her books you will love this show.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

"Tree" Illustration Friday

 Illustration Friday
pen and ink 11x14

Friday, November 9, 2012

Illustration Friday "Shy"


Getting this one done just under the wire.
With hurricane Sandy and then the Northeastern blowing around it is amazing I got anything done in the last few weeks.
Anyway this is the image for
Illustration Friday's
word challenge for the week


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hurricane Sandy 2012

A few pictures of Hurricane Sandy and what it did in Queens NY 10/30/2012
I feel very lucky we are all fine and it has taken a few days to hear from family to see if everyone is okay. None of the damage I am showing was done to any of my property
I did not feel right taken too many pictures of other peoples tragedy
The first picture taken at 5:00 AM is of an owning
that belongs to the restaurant across the street
  a cat hanging out
 Fireman in front of a DD
 they never stopped serving coffee
 One Way?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Illustration Friday "Haunt"

Illustration Friday

Happy Halloween

Friday, October 26, 2012

Books of Wonder needs help!

Picture I took years ago of the "Books of Wonder" store front window
Help Revitalize

"Books of Wonder" 

Books of Wonder, NYC's oldest and largest independent children's bookstore needs your help.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Illustration Friday "Sky"

 Bat Dog
pen and ink with watercolor
 Bat Dog Howling at the moon
pen and ink with watercolor

Monday, October 22, 2012

Claude & Leo



Well I am happy to say they are done,
Claude and Leo
 is in the hands of my clients and they are very happy with how they turned out.
“We love the illustrations! They really capture the spirit of the boys. Thank you so much. “
Doing pet portrait is not easy from the handful of pictures you are sent you have to find something among the snapshots and say to yourself that is the expression I want to capture. And hope the client agrees with your choice.
I have posted different stages of the project it took me about two weeks to complete but hour wise would only add up to a week if I worked on them in the course of an eight hour day.
Claude and Leo (Claude close)


sketch of Claude

Sketch of Leo

Pencil of Claude

Pencil of Leo

Pen and ink of Claude
Pen and ink of Leo
Claude in Photoshop
Leo and Claude side by side in Photoshop
Claude finished printed on inkjet watercolor paper
8.5 X 11

Leo finished printed on inkjet watercolor paper
11 X 8.5

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Illustration Friday "Water"

Illustration Friday
word challenge

I am still putting the finishing touches on the commissioned artwork; so these were done as samples some years back for a picture book about a toothless alligator. I did not get the job but the illustrations are fun.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Illustration Friday "Mirror"

Tricks for Treats 
Just in time! Blogger image uploading is working today,
and was able to showoff  this image for
Illustration Friday
 word challenge
this is a retro piece
medium: water color, pen and ink
 sketch is from a idea I have for a picture book called
"Tricks for Treats"

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Lisa & Simone

Lisa Zilker two oil paintings I put together  

Lisa Zilker not sure the medium

Lisa Zilker oil paint

Simone Rene cut fabric

Simone Rene cut fabric
I wanted to show more of these two wonderful artist friends of mine; But! Once again blogger is giving me grief and can’t upload anymore images.
I have known both of them since collage we all attended SVA together (blur year).

I feel lucky they are in my life.

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