She graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where she has also been teaching children’s book illustration for 20 years. She and her husband have three sons, a dog, and a cat. She works in a small studio cabin in their backyard under an avocado tree.
This is a hard question! No one has ever asked me that before.
I work on the book’s structure before I know what the content of each illustration will be. I think there was a formality to the classic books I admire and I try to riff on (or out-and-out rip off!) some aspect of that with each book. I never just wing it when it comes to structure – and I’m referring here to the pagination and layout of words and pictures within the picture book form. I plan it out, using the rhythm and meaning of the manuscript to dictate what the relationship between words and pictures should be on the page.