Professor of Visual Communications
Department of Art & Design, University of Delaware
I am visual storyteller, designer, educator, curator, lecturer, and United States Air Force artist. My creative spirit is driven by the human experience and social condition. I create illustrations, drawings, and paintings that deconstruct the human state of mind, race, identity, history, and cultural issues in society. I am fascinated by the many possibilities of visually translating my emotional and aesthetic responses into the imagery used to narratively tell stories. The visual language emerges in the historical transmission of images and the functions of images and symbols in constructing individual and cultural identities that inform my compositional approach.
I have exhibited my work in national and international exhibitions, and am on the Board of Directors of New York’s Society of Illustrators; a Norman Rockwell Museum National Advisory Board member; and juror for the contemporary component for Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms.
Homework for Breakfast is my most recent illustrated picture book. My essay, “Race, Perception, and Responsibility in Illustration,” appears in A Companion to Illustration (edited by Alan Male, Wiley Blackwell, Inc. 2019). I am currently co-curating the exhibition, “Imprinted: Illustrating Race,” at the Norman Rockwell Museum, opening in June 2022.
I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Arts, from Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, VA, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Illustration, from Syracuse University, in Syracuse, NY. I reside in Newark, DE, with my husband and son.