What a ride it’s been! 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 was a staff plush designer (yes, teddy bears!) at Russ Berrie and Co., a large giftware company in Oakland, NJ. It was great fun learning how to design stuffed animals, figurines, and greeting cards, and painting the display boxes that went with them. Later, I began designing products for Easy Aces, which over the years has become Fred, an industry leader in innovative home goods. My top-selling items have appeared in Oprah at Home, Every Day with Rachael Ray, People, Family Fun, Good Housekeeping, and Marie Claire. They’ve also been featured on HGTV, ABC News, The Today Show, and even 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.
I am also 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 Highlights Magazine, 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.