It all comes down to character. Whether writing and illustrating for children or brainstorming new product concepts, I want my creations to connect with people, and speak to them in a personal way. Finding that sweet spot is not easy, but the pursuit is endlessly interesting to me.
After earning a BA in Illustration from The Rhode Island School of Design, I started designing items in the Plush division at Russ Berrie and Co., a well-established manufacturer of giftware in Oakland, NJ. It was great fun learning how to design teddy bears, figurines, and greeting cards, as well as all the hangtags, display, boxes and graphics that went along with them.
I returned to RI and began designing products for a giftware company called Easy Aces, which over the years has morphed into Fred and Friends, an industry leader in innovative home goods. As Senior Designer of the line, my top-selling items have appeared in magazines like Oprah at Home, Every Day with Rachael Ray, People, Family Fun, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, and Marie Claire. My designs are frequently found in best-of lists, and have been featured on HGTV, ABC News, and The Today Show. They are featured in the retail collections of The Museum of Modern Art in NY, RisdWorks, Urban Outfitters, The Phoenix Art Museum, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and in hundreds of quirky and cool retail shops across the globe.
Together with my husband Eric, a Belgian graphic designer and web guy, we follow our many creative pursuits at Studio Dubois in Hope, RI. We have three creative daughters, one hyper cat, and a life punctuated by apple trees and art.
Publishing and illustration clients include: Scholastic, Penguin Putnam, Simon and Schuster, Highlights Magazine, Houghton Mifflin, Golden Books, Aeropostale, Janco/Newport Creamery, Fred and Friends, Oxford University Press, Pearson, Quarasan, The Kimberly-Clark Corp., KAZ, AME, Fuzion Design, Riverside Publishing, Modern Publishing, K-Mart, Paramount Cards, Educate Products/ Hooked on Phonics, Mazer Creative, Kirchoff Wohlberg, Macmillan- McGraw Hill, Dream Apparel, Kids HQ, Babe Ease, Play Visions, Club Earth.