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When I was a child, my mother instilled in me a great love of children's books and fairy stories. At an early age, picture books and animated films helped guide my decision to become an artist. My artistic style has been influenced by many artists, most of them children’s book illustrators: Garth Williams, Richard Scarry, David Small, Eric Blegvad, William Steig, Maurice Sendak, Edward Ardizzone, John Schoenherr, and Gustav Tenggren. I have a fairly large collection of picture books and I try to keep up with what's current. I also love reading middle grade and young adult fiction. It's been my dream for many years to write and/or illustrate children's books. In 2011 I illustrated “Secrets of the Magic Ring,” by Karen McQuestion. Since then I have illustrated four stories for FarFaria’s iPad app and I am currently working on a book for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, titled “Mercy, The Incredible True Story of Henry Bergh, Founder of the ASPCA,” by Nancy Furstinger. It is due out in Spring of 2016.