Q: How often do you actually do the writing?
A: As an illustrator I can paint books for authors other than myself. I’ve illustrated 11 books for other authors. I love to interpret their stories with colors, textures, and form. What I find most fun as an illustrator is the challenge that I cannot change the author’s text. I must rise to this challenge by working inside a boundary of the author's vision, then add my vision in a seamless blend.
|Picture books I have illustrated for other authors.|
Q: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
A: By designing and painting the books I learn about my inner life through an outward visual medium. During the process of book creation the craft mirrors what is happening in my life at that time. The process helps me see certain life issues clearly.
A: No, I do not write for the New York Times. However, I am proud to say that my books have been reviewed in that newspaper and my name listed for book events several times. Currently, I’m a Huffington Post blogger and write online essays.
|Can you find real life friends and their costumes inside the book, MERMAIDS ON PARADE?|
Photo credit: Dari Litchman - parent, PS 130 Brooklyn