How many years have you been a freelance illustrator?
I’ve worked in the graphics field for most of my adult life, but I narrowed my focus to illustration when I moved from New York to Amsterdam in May of 2006.
What can your work be applied to commercially?
My strength lies in story, so books and editorial work are the obvious choices for me. In this past year I also experimented with pattern design and animated GIFs, so that opens up a lot of possibilities in surface design and digital media. Trying my hand at new techniques and forms always means that I return to the narrative works sharper and smarter. So I’m game for anything, really.
Where would you most like to see your illustrations being used?
The sky is the limit. I am a devoted bibliophile, so there is always a special thrill for me in working on a book project, but anything that challenges me intrigues me. My ultimate goal is to illustrate my own stories and generate a lot of creator-driven books and products.
What inspires you?
I am such a big fan of taking a walk. As often as I can, I take a “midday constitutional” during my lunch break and return to work with new ideas and my head screwed on straight.
Having a healthy community of creative people around me is also vital. Whether it’s through professional organizations, studio mates or friends on social media, having other artists inspire me or tell me when that elbow I drew looks a little wonky helps my work grow in the most successful way.
Apart from illustration, what other skills do you have?
When I decompress, I start cooking. I’m tweaking a blueberry pancake recipe now and I think it has almost reached perfection. I can also touch my tongue to the tip of my nose, but I don’t recommend that for everyone.
What’s your favourite sandwich filling?
Bagel with the works. Keep your eye on those rolling capers.