I grew up in New Jersey & Pennsylvania. I had my daughter at 18 and then went to college. I changed my major. A lot. I took classes in everything from science to education to marketing (everything was interesting but I couldn’t decide on a career path). I found passion in graphic design and visual communication. I was a freelance web designer and substitute teacher for several years before setting out on a fulltime self-employment adventure in 2009. Together with my husband, we started our custom leather jewelry business, Porter & Hazel.

In 2017 I realized that it was time for a change. Jewelry making was great but I wanted more studio time for painting and drawing. I decided to refocus my career and pursue full-time illustration, specializing in illustration for kids. I have a passion for handmade lettering and calligraphy.