Whether writing and illustrating for children or brainstorming new product concepts, I want my creations to be full of character, 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 designed 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 and greeting cards, and all the hangtags, boxes and graphics that went along with them. Back in RI, I began designing products for a giftware company called Easy Aces, which over the years has morphed into Fred, 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, The Today Show, and one even had a cameo on NBC’s Parks and Recreation! You’ll find them in the retail collections of The MoMA, RisdWorks, Urban Outfitters, Target, and in hundreds of cool and quirky indie shops across the globe.
The other half of my career life has been as an author and illustrator of children’s books and magazines. My first book, What Kind of Rabbit Are You? was published by Little Simon and is a preschool pop-up first look at diversity. My second book as author/illustrator is called What Does a Seed Need? and is published by PSS/Penguin. It’s an interactive preschool book about the life cycle of a plant, seen though a child’s eyes. I have also illustrated for Golden Books, Scholastic, and McGraw Hill, and look forward to creating more books in the future. I work towards this goal daily.
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.