In the ensuing years I worked as a nanny, short-order cook and waitress while studying Art at the State University in New Paltz. After graduation I worked in various capacities- as a rock climbing guide, real estate broker, caterer and free-lance illustrator. But all along I had one dream, a dream that I held onto since I was a little girl, and that was to make picture books. My portfolio was filled with art for children and I just hoped for that lucky break. For many years when blowing out the candles on my birthday cakes it was my wish to make children's books. Often I recall an incident while taking a real estate motivational course: When asked by the teacher to state my primary goal, without blinking an eye, I had replied, "to someday illustrate a children's book ". It wasn't the answer she was looking for, but to me it was a personal affirmation of my real dream.
When my first book was published I jumped for joy. Now I am working on my twenty-first and still ecstatic. I have always loved children's literature- from the wacky brilliance of Dr. Seuss to the timeless, love-filled classics of Margaret Wise Brown and a slew of others in between. The combination of simple but elegant text and enchanting illustrations has always been an irresistible package and has fascinated me all my life. As a child I spent hours immersed in the magical world of books. These days I try to re-create some of that magic for others to enjoy.
Everyday I give thanks for the life I have with my loving husband and stepson and our dogs and cat in our new dream home and studios on a beautiful farm, and a career that keeps me smiling. Looking back on my childhood in Poland, I feel that I owe my family gratitude for fostering a creative environment in our home and for instilling in me a love for books, language, art and music. For the brief time that I knew my parents their encouragement and support left a lasting impression and contributed greatly to the realization of my lifelong dream.