I grew up in rural New Hampshire, with a big backyard full of trees, and a neighborhood scattered with farms, forests and fields. From the moment I could turn a page and hold a crayon, I've been writing and drawing. My favorite thing was to imagine the worlds inhabited by the animals I saw around me, and I wrote elaborate stories about the lives of foxes and owls, deer and mice. Nature was full of stories, and I'd wander through the woods following the tiny footprints of a mouse, imagining the furry little thoughts that went through its mind as it scampered along through the snow.
Since then, I've focused on combining art and writing, both in my classes and in my own creative endeavors.
My Formal Education includes a BA in English/Anthropology from the University of New Hampshire, an M.A. in Anthropology from Indiana University, and an M.Ed. in Reading from the University of New Hampshire. But during those years, I found myself pulled again and again into the visual world, until the pull was too strong to resist. I'm mostly self educated in painting, but I've completed coursework in art and visual storytelling from the University of New Hampshire, University of California at San Diego, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Children's Book Academy, Sanctuary Arts, and Exeter Fine Crafts.