was born in Rochester, New York, on a snowy day in February. I am the
third of five children. When I was five years old we loaded up a truck
and piled in our station wagon to move to Ottawa, Canada where my father's
grew up surrounded by creative people. Both of my parents love music and
art. They taught us to express ourselves in any creative manner, whether
by drawing, writing poetry, or singing choral music in harmony as a family.
From early on I remember playing inventive games with my sisters and brother,
where we would act out skits, each playing a new character from our imagination.
Any bit of cardboard or paper, any container or jug was saved for craft
projects. When it rained we knitted or crocheted. When it snowed-and it
snowed a lot-we played outside for hours designing caves and tunnels in
the giant pile of snow at the end of our street. Creativity was applied
High School, I had an art teacher who was a true Renaissance woman-she
was talented in many subjects including math and science. She inspired
me to think in creative ways and apply that skill to everything I did.
She taught me to look at things around me with a new view. I spent all
of High School peering through a cardboard frame at trees, buildings,
people, and then captured what I saw in my sketchbook. Those sketchbooks
were like journals that kept track of my daily experiences. I still have
I followed my sister to Boston to attend the Massachusetts College of Art, where I studied illustration and graphic design. Throughout college I took poetry classes with a wonderful professor who loved the English language. To her each letter, each word, and especially the sounds of letter combinations, were like music from an instrument.
I live in the Boston area with my husband and two children, a guinea pig named Ranebow, a rabbit named Moon and two African water frogs, who love to sing.
Moon helping to fold laundry.
Ranebow in his food bag.
Moon's babies: Reiki, Puggy and Nova.
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