Growing up as an only child, I developed a rich inner life full of curiosity and fantastical worlds. Never the princess, instead, I was the castle servant escaping through my bedroom window and jumping from tree to tree. I could always be found with a book or crayon in hand. At the age of 10, I added quilting and embroidery to my palette, with the inspiration of my grandmother and aunt. By age 13, I had written and illustrated 18 books (some favorites are pictured above). Telling stories through words and pictures was a place where I could truly be me.
As an adult, I seek to transform the depths of everyday experiences into imaginative and beautiful worlds of opportunity and hope through the art of children’s picture books and experimental mixed textile works. I hold both a Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from Bowie State University and the History of Decorative Arts from the Corcoran College of Art & Design/The Smithsonian Associates. I integrate my love of art with helping others in my work with children and adults. Through my children's books, I hope other children can find connections to their own life, comfort that they are not alone, acceptance of their and other’s uniqueness, and joy in finding their own creative path to self-expression.