Hi! My name is Patti. I’m an illustrator.
I grew up in New York City. Growing up in a city I couldn’t have a dog, and I was (and still am) crazy about dogs. In fact, I love animals of all kinds. My favourite things to draw or paint are still animals!
Presently, I live in Connecticut, on the northeast coast of the United States. I live in a small town without a lot of hustle or bustle. Mostly there’s farmland, rivers and lakes, and woodlands around where I live. I currently have a dog (Aldo), a cat (Debbie), several unnamed goldfish in a water garden, and four hens: Ann-Margret, Chicken Patty (she spells her name differently than I do!), Mary Porter, and Shirley Chisholm.
I really love to draw, so I’m very lucky and happy to have become an illustrator. As a little girl, long before I ever thought of making a career out of it, I was drawing on everything! I loved to draw almost as much as I loved animals. I used to draw on the blank backs of junk mail and on envelopes. No piece of paper – blank or printed – was beyond me drawing upon it! At age 7 or 8, my favourite birthday gift was a WHOLE ream of paper!
By the time I was old enough to think about college, there was no doubt that I’d be attending an art school. Happily, that became a reality and I was accepted at The School of Visual Arts, in New York City. I enjoyed working on assignments in my art classes, saw lots of art made by other people, and enjoyed learning about art history.
To date, I’ve illustrated 39 books for several publishers in the U.S.A., Canada, England, and now New Zealand!