Almost as soon as I could sit upright I joined my sisters at a table where we each had our own stack of paper and crayons and where we could draw to our hearts' content. I won my first art contest at age six and my first writing award not long after.

Moving from Dallas to Hollywood, I enrolled at Art Center College of Design. I studied art in Europe and children's book illustration with Uri Schulevitz in New York. I worked in advertising and design and won awards for my paintings. Along the way I taught drawing and painting to children.

I am a long-time member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. I live in Southern California with my sister....and stacks of art paper.

I have …….
  • Graduated from Hollywood High – at the Hollywood Bowl
  • Crossed the Atlantic four times on a coal-carrying freighter
  • Lived in Europe
  • Studied art in a WW II bunker on the coast of Italy (after the war!)
  • Survived a train derailment, and a ship collision
  • A painting in a museum in Russia
  • Designed clothing for a Los Angeles boutique
  • Owned a boutique in a circa-1900 log-cabin-former-post-office
  • Painted commissioned ceiling murals (involved scaffolding and a chiropractor)

I love …….
  • Books about everything
  • Travel anywhere
  • Photography
  • Irish music
  • Movies – new movies, old movies, foreign movies
  • All cats!