Hi there, I'm Jess! If you feel like you've seen my art somewhere, it's probably because you have! My illustrations and designs have appeared in many publications and on countless apparel, stationary, and tableware products in major retailers across the world. I even illustrated a commercial for CBS's Fall comedy lineup, which was super fun.
Everything I create is first sketched, then drawn by hand with pencil, inked, and finally brought into the computer for cleanup, color, and finalizing. I love to draw and I love the computer so I've always been interested in the challenge of bringing a personal, hand-made touch to digital work. Above all else my work is happy, colorful, and fun. If even one doodle I've made makes you smile, then I'm doing my job!
In 2003 I graduated from New York City’s School of Visual Arts with a BFA with Honors in Illustration. While living in NYC, I worked in the publishing industry as an in-house freelance designer in the children’s book departments at Henry Holt, Scholastic, and HarperCollins. I also worked for several years as a textile designer selling designs to some of the world’s top apparel manufacturers. After leaving the city to start a family, I jumped into illustration as a full-time career and I have been running my own business ever since. I like to say "The secret of living a creative life is making it up as you go along" and it's so true! There is no road map to follow for a creative life. As long as you're always making things, always learning, you will get where you need to go. I had hoped to come out of college and be making my own books right away but it took me almost 12 years creating, working and learning, before the right opportunity presented itself.
I grew up in Connecticut, lived for a while in mid-town Manhattan, and currently live in woods of New Jersey with my husband Erik (who's also an illustrator) and our two kids. Every day is an adventure!
Partial Clients & Licensees List
Adobe, American Greetings, Camden Graphics, CBS, Chicken House Publishing, Design Design, Design Originals/Fox Chapel Publishing, Digital Arts Magazine, Georgia-Pacific, Honolulu Magazine, Llewellyn Publishing, M. Middleton, Midwives Magazine, Momenta, The Romantic Novelist's Association, T.J. Maxx, Subzero Design, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Target, Time Out New York, UK Greetings & many others
Below is the commercial I illustrated for CBS. Enjoy! :)