You are Italian (I used to live in Italy!!! and speak a little bit of Italian). Where do you live in Italy?
I live in Vergato, a small, quiet town 40 km from Bologna, in the Apennine Mountains in Emilia Romagna, with my husband and my daughter. I really love the Apennines: you can hike for hours through beautiful forests and fields...
When did you begin illustrating books for children?
I've been illustrating for children's publishers for 16 years. My dad, after visiting the Bologna Children's book fair, had the feeling that he found the perfect job for me. So, I submitted some samples of my work to various Italian publishers. More than one year later, I was illustrating my first book for kids.
Your work is very whimsical and bright. Who or what are some of your artistic influences?
My father was an artist. Sadly, he passed away in 2013... I learned everything from him. In his bright, colorful studio he taught me to draw and paint since my childhood and I've always loved him and admired him so much. He was a wonderful dad, teacher and artist.
What is your favorite page in A Book of Questions, and why did you like painting it?
I really liked illustrating your book, Jane! All your questions are sweet or crazy or funny... Children will enjoy this book! My favorite is the question "How many people fit inside the book?": that funny crowd of animal characters makes me smile.
What is your favorite Italian food? (Mine might be hazelnut chocolate gelato…)
Of course I love gelato, too! I'm vegetarian, and I love pizza, pasta, all kind of vegetables and cheese.
Is your art studio messy, or clean?
It's clean at this time, just because there's no work in progress. But it's totally messy when I draw or paint.
How long did it take you to illustrate A Book of Questions, and what art supplies did you use?
It took nearly a month and I used acrylic painting and coloured pencils.
What would you say to a child who wants to someday illustrate books?
May all your dreams and wishes come true! I believe that God created imagination and beauty for human beings because He wants us to be always happy.