Pippa Morgan’s Diary – book cover illustration

I always love working with the creative team at Sourcebooks, and this cover was no exception. I was asked to redesign the cover for Pippa Morgan’s Diary, the super-secret diary of a 10-year old girl with a BIG imagination who’s life is just not going well at all! This is an already established series in the UK, so I was required to create the art in a style that reflected the character and interior illustrations, and the AD had specific concepts to follow. But it’s a super fun format and a hilarious read, so dove right in and had a lot of fun with it! Available to pre-order now on Amazon.



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Hello Summer! It’s hot in Hell’s Kitchen!

I’ve been a resident of the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in NYC for the last 3 years, and absolutely love it—such a vibrant neighborhood and great community! So I was thrilled when w42st Magazine, a free publication & online resource featuring all the fantastic things there are to see, do & eat in Hell’s Kitchen, asked me to create the cover for their “Summer Fun” issue. They gave me tons of creative freedom with this, and I loved illustrating something I have such a personal connection to.

The issue is out now! The online edition can be seen here, and printed copies are free in coffee shops, bars, restaurants, and other small local businesses & residential buildings throughout the Hell Kitchen area.



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It’s in the details…wedding calligraphy

After having so much fun designing my own wedding invitations, seating cards & other details, I’ve been dying to do more! So I was thrilled when my friend, Lindsay, asked if I could help her with a few special touches for her big day.

She had a gorgeous garden themed wedding at the elegant Winterthur Estate in Delaware, and her lovely invitations from Minted had a soft, simple look featuring calligraphy. So she wanted to reflect that in a few other details for the day of.

Her first idea was to use a large mirror in place of programs at the ceremony. I hadn’t seen this idea before, but loved the elegance and uniqueness of it! She purchased a 20″ x 30″ rectangular mirror and I hand-lettered all the bridal party names. This was definitely a new and fun experience for me to create—and I thought it looked lovely set up where guests arrived for the ceremony.





I also did calligraphy for her seating cards and table numbers—I loved the way she presented them, as a small “flower bed”—it fit in so perfectly with the theme!



seatingcards__displayLindsay and her husband, Matt, share a love of music and had song lyrics incorporated into their ceremony and a few other places throughout the day. So I loved her idea to letter one of their favorite love-themed lyrics on canvas totes as the welcome bags for the out of town guests. And I loved creating this piece! She had them printed by a local vendor, and I think they came out great!



Was fun to be a guest and get to see all the details in the beautiful setting, and an honor to get to be part of this wonderful couples special day in this way! Congrats to the newlyweds!!

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Public Power cover illustration

I had the exciting opportunity to create the cover illustration for this month’s issue of Public Power, a trade publication of The American Public Power Association, with national and international distribution. The AD had the concept pretty solidly in mind, and it was right up my alley! I love drawing type by hand, combining styles in an illustrative way to represent the article’s themes.

Thanks to AD Laura D’Alessandro for this great assignment!


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The Global Art Gathering poster submission

The April assignment for Lilla Rogers’ MATS Bootcamp was to create a poster for her upcoming live arts event this summer in Brighton, England. The focus was to be on hand-lettering—which, of course, I was thrilled about! Though I’ve never been to Brighton, the pier and colorful atmosphere I found in researching brought to mind a fun & carnival-esque vibe, (reminiscent of my beloved Coney Island!) so I decided to play off of that & depict interesting characters traveling by all means to this exciting event. We were given a palette to work with—a bit softer than I’m used to working with, but a fun challenge. 



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I recently finished this cover illustration for the second book in the Stage Struck series for Sleeping Bear Press. This fun middle-grade series is closely based on the real-life experience of the author Anya Wallach, who began a summer theater “camp” in her parents’ basement when she was just sixteen years old.

Thanks to Jennifer at Sleeping Bear —always such a pleasure to work with!



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Dance or Leave

I’ve been taking Lilla Rogers’ online Bootcamp courses, and a recent assignment was to create a piece of wall art, open to any type of scenic subject matter. There was a fun twist to this one—we were to paint on a round piece of wood! I loved getting away from digital coloring and back to my gouache & acrylic paints, and experimenting with the wooden base texture. Since the theme was open, I decide to go with imagery that I would want to hang in my own home. The idea for these dancing dogs came from a postcard I picked up in New Orleans years ago that says “Dance or Leave” ….anyone that knows me knows this is a pretty fitting motto for me! And since getting a puppy a few months ago, I’ve naturally become a bit obsessed with dogs! So, this scene was a natural fit. I missed our classroom gallery deadline by a long shot because of client deadlines & other freelance projects, but I had to finish because I really loved creating this piece. You can see the rest of the classroom gallery here. Hundreds of gorgeous images by my talented virtual classmates! http://tinyurl.com/q4vdwby


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Cover lettering

I recently had the opportunity to create some custom lettering for a Skyscape book cover. In the end, the cover was killed for a more straightforward direction using a san serif-font, but I had a lot of fun creating this. The story is a sci-fi romance for young adults, so I created a style to reflect the tone. Set against a backdrop of a starry sky, as in the comp shown here, it would have given a constellation-like feel.


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The Month of Love – volume 3

I was once again invited by the lovely and talented Kristina Carroll to participate in the Month of Love weekly art challenge. Each week of February, there’s been a new challenge related to the subject of “Love”. Participating artists respond by creating a new piece and posting throughout the week. There’s an impressive roster of core artists, but the challenges are also open to anyone who wants to submit a piece by posting to Tumblr with the hashtag #monthoflove.

This is the third year I’ve been a contributor and I see it as a chance to experiment a bit—try new mediums, formats, and get a bit more conceptual than I typically do. In the past, I’ve later revisited my Month of Love projects when I have more time and develop them into more finished pieces. Here are my 4 challenge pieces for this February:

Challenge #1: “Love your neighbor” Make some art in response to society’s recent eruption of anger and violence related to intolerance, ignorance and hate.


I wanted to take a graphic approach and use bold color to show that even though we may all seem different, we need to look closer and embrace our similarities. The surrounding roses of course symbolize love, and the water lilies in the background are a symbol of unity.

Challenge #2: “Diamonds” Open to any diamond-related imagery, but encouraged to think of diamonds in a non-typical way


Inspired by a passage from the book “Many Lives, Many Masters” by psychiatrist Brian L. Weiss: ”It is as if a large diamond were to be found inside each person…The diamond has a thousand facets, but the facets are covered with dirt and tar. It is the job of the soul to clean each facet until the surface is brilliant and can reflect a rainbow of colors.”

Challenge #3: “Love is all around” Step outside of the studio and find love-themed inspiration in the world around


Most of my outings this winter have been to the neighborhood dog park with my new puppy, and I found it funny how much drama is there—both between the dogs and their owners! Who knew?! For this challenge, I just wanted to make a clean, simple drawing using limited pops of color to bring life to the characters.

Challenge #4: “Forbidden Fruit” Totally open to interpretation


The first thing that came to mind was one of my favorite Nina Simone songs, ”Forbidden Fruit” so I chose to do a portrait of the High Priestess of Soul herself. I used acrylics and pencil on an actual 12” vinyl record.


I also had the really fun opportunity to create the logo and website header (Thanks Kristina!)

MoL_ICONMoLheaderThe month is coming to an end and there’s some fabulous work up on the site, monthofloveart.com. Much of the work is also available as prints through Society6 and you can also see the past two years’ worth of challenges and art here.  Also, keep an eye out in October for Kristina’s other annual monthly challenge —the Month of Fear!


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