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BIO

Making drawings is an opportunity to touch ideas with your eyes. This realization, which began as a young girl, has grown into a life long passion and career.

I have illustrated over twelve children’s books and have loved delving into each diverse topic. Every story has a main character, whether it is a little girl talking to tree ornaments, a small boy who saves the town or a sunken ship waiting to be raised. Each needs to be visually defined and taken through the life of the book with emotion and dimension.

My desire to illustrate began with earning my BFA from Syracuse University’s school of Visual and Performing Arts. A call to adventure compelled me to partake in the studies abroad program in London, England.

Upon graduation, I established my own design and illustration business. Residing in both Rochester, NY and NYC, I became an illustrator of everything from soup to nuts. Sensitive portraiture helped American Lung Association educate in health brochures. They also used nostalgic watercolors for their Christmas and Easter Seals. Wegmans Food Market commissioned juicy still life images for packaging labels. Arts festival posters inspired landscapes filled with contemporary folk art. I found the variety of commissions to be very stimulating.

In 1992,  Ottenheimer Press published my first children’s book, a pop up on Abraham Lincoln. Slowly, book illustration became my primary focus. Lerner Press published, “Many Ways to be a Soldier”, a historical fiction set during the revolutionary war, written by Wendy Pfeffer and “Shipwreck Search”, written by Sally M. Walker, which describes the raising of a sunken civil war ship. Most recently, Winterlake Press published the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal winner, “The Star of Christmas”, written by Maria DiVencenzo,

For over twenty five years, I have enjoyed Illustrating and making fine art. My studio is a renovated 1950’s hunting cabin, nestled in the woodland of the Finger Lakes wine region of western NY. What a glorious place to go to work.

PUBLISHERS

Lerner Publishing, Carus Publishing, Children’s Television workshop, Winterlake Press, Solace Publishing, and  Ottenheimer publishing.

AWARDS

The Star of Christmas

2010 Mom’s Choice Award Gold Medal, 2010 Ben Franklin Award Silver Medal,

2010 Moonbeam Gold Children’s Holdiay Book Award

Shipwreck Search

2007 Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year

REVIEWS

The Star of Christmas

Delicate, detailed illustrations…fun-filled enumeration of what children often love best about Christmas…watercolor illustrations are full of texture and will attract children, who will find new surprises on each page.”  Kirkus Discoveries

THE STAR OF CHRISTMAS is an exquisite book that will delight parents and children alike. Lavish, richly colored illustrations invite the reader into the mystery and magic of Christmas while a simply told tale provides a profound insight into the ancient and sacred meaning of the holiday itself.” –Anne Rice

Sure to be a favorite for years to come, plan on giving The Star of Christmas to all of your treasured friends and family.” –Last-Minute Christmas, Woman’s Day Special Interest Publications

2007 Park Ave Summer Art Fest Poster

Elaine has captured the fun and funky feeling of Park Ave during festival days in an impressionistic Parisian style. Everyone sees the festival through their own eyes, and Elaine’s light hearted, sophisticated interpretation captures the feeling of Park Avenue today –before, during, and after the festival!”

She designed posters for the Lilac festival & Park Ave Festival in the same year…in very different styles. I don’t know that any artist has ever scored this “festival double.” –Hank Shaw