One of seven children,
Dee grew up in a small upstate New York Adirondack village on the Hudson River. Her childhood was different than most, the
large family's home was in an apartment over the 5th generation family Funeral Home business. Dee has many fond memories from
her childhood, her parents made sure humor and fun were very much alive in the home.
Dee has extensive experience in illustration and design. She graduated cum laude from Syracuse University with a BFA
from The School of Art and Design, College of Visual and Performing Arts. She won the Most Outstanding Fashion Illustration
Student Award at SU three consecutive years. With a background in fashion illustration and a love for animals, her work is
whimsical & linear with an emphasis on pure color and exaggerated form & movement. Humor is also an important element.
"If I chuckle while I'm sketching an image, I know I got it!" Her major influences are Picasso, Antonio Lopez, Hirschfeld,
Erte and Dr. Suess.
Her work has been published in many publications including The AKC Gazette, Modern Dog Magazine, Cosmopolitan and
Women's Wear Daily. She has sketched in the design studios of various well known fashion designers, including Diane von Furstenberg.
She has received numerous awards from Parenting Publications of America, (parentingpublications.org) She has taught Fashion
Illustration at Syracuse University and Cazenovia College. Dee also created a typeface for The International Typeface Corporation
based on her handwriting called ITC Deelirious, itcfonts.com. She is a freelance designer for Brandano Displays Inc., a holiday
decoration manufacturer. Many of her whimsical light sculpture designs are seen in popular drive through holiday display shows
nationwide. She is a contributor to the popular Extreme Makeover Home Edition show. Dee is the founder and designer of the
pet inspired company, Get Off The Furniture! The company offers greeting cards, pillows and matching T shirt sets for pets
and their humans.
Presently, she lives in central New York where she enjoys life and her work as a freelance illustrator and designer.