I can vividly remember being amazed at the age of 4 when I mixed red and white together and got pink. It was magic!
My mastery of pink led me to many other colours, and a love of art began.
I moved from my birthtown of Montreal, Canada to Portland, Oregon, USA, and studied everything from drama to animation at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, USA.
Just out of college, I cut my teeth in illustration and 2D & 3D animation, creating animated children’s games at ImageBuilder Software for several years. I had the privilege of working with clients such as Hasbro, Disney and Mattel, and I had my first taste of creating engaging content for children's media.
A move to Melbourne, Australia, led me to discover the glorious world of children’s book illustration... and I can comfortably say I have ‘the best job in the world’.
I love using layers of collage and watercolour washes, and creating sweet, heartwarming characters. I also sometimes use ink, acrylics and hand-carved stamps. It's an ever-evolving process, and what I love is that I feel like I learn something new with every new piece I create.
An exciting development is that I have been flexing my animation muscles again recently, creating content for children's apps, and I have again relocated, this time to Providence, Rhode Island!
I hope you enjoy my work and please don’t hesitate to say G’day!
Thanks for stopping by.
Partial client list:
Scholastic • HarperCollins • Allen & Unwin • Five Mile Press • Magination Press • Igloo Books • Black Dog Books • Funstastic • Hardie Grant • Rigby • Harcourt • Weldon Owen Publishing • Miscellaneous Press • Pearson Education • Thomson Learning • Cengage • Leader Newspaper • Melbourne’s Child mag • Practical Parenting mag • Toddler magazine
Other stuff I'm sure you'd like to know:
Favourite colour: watercolour
Favourite flavour: chocolate chip mint
Favourite animal: the mighty giraffe
Favourite expression: I rreckon!
Little known fact: I have no middle name, but at the age of 6, I decided my middle name should be Maria, after Maria on Sesame Street.