How long have you been an artist?
I have been an artist all my life. When I was a child there were always plenty of art supplies around the house. My brother and sister and I were always drawing and coming up with stories. My favorite assignments in school were those that I got to write and illustrate. I especially liked writing non-fiction about nature or history. My sister and I spent hours copying photos in fashion magazines and album covers.
I studied art in college, and then at art school. I started my professional art career in 1984 as magazine and book jacket illustrator. I illustrated my first children's book in 1989. That book is called Apples and Pumpkins. It was written by my mother, Anne Rockwell, and is about visiting a farm to pick apples and pumpkins, which was an outing I took with my family every fall as a child.
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