" I believe that nature is lavish with talent, just as it is with acorns. But not all acorns become oak trees. Talent is something that develops or appears as you work. The fact that you gravitate towards art indicates that you have a hankering for art. What is required is the necessary effort."
- Kimon Nicolaides, renowned teacher at The Arts Student League, NYC
My hankering for art appeared at an early age. The necessary effort has been a life long pursuit. Growing up in New Jersey and Israel, I drew with ease, winning praise from teachers and family.
I was devoted to Peanuts and MAD and spent hours copying their deceptively simple lines and absorbing their spare, pointed writing.
When I was twelve, I made a card for my uncle, with a drawing that captured his essence, my first real caricature. At Tufts University, I majored in economics, but was always doodling people and faces. At the end of my year as a VISTA volunteer in Bozeman, Montana, I landed my first paid caricature gig.
Back east, I moved to New York City, worked in advertising and freelanced illustrating greeting cards and custom comics. On weekends, I entertained at parties drawing live. To interact more with my subjects and move around at events, I strapped on my trademark walk-around easel. Ever since then I’ve been known as the “strolling caricaturist”.
In 1995, GRANDPARENTS RUN IN THE FAMILY, a humor book I wrote and illustrated, was published by Kensington. In 1997, TO WORK IS HUMAN BUT RETIREMENT IS DIVINE came out.
Each day I strive to make “the necessary effort”, drawing at corporate and private events, creating commissioned cartoon portraits and teaching art enrichment classes for kids. Whenever possible, I devote time to writing and drawing original material for submission to publishers.
I live in New York City with my husband and two sons.