Ms Friedman began illustrating by request at a youthful age. Fancy menus, a cookbook, a Passover Seder Haggadah, cards, cartoons, a retirement portrait of the middle school principal. She can remember drawings done in nursery and grade school. She liked being designated one of the kids in the class who was accomplished in art.
(photo of illustration)

After graduating with a degree in painting and printmaking from Washington University in St. Louis, Ms. Friedman returned to the Washington, DC area. There she took an illustration course at a local college. In 1980 after moving to Manhattan she studied part-time at The School of Visual Arts, Parsons and The New School while working in art departments in magazine publishing. By 1985 she worked full-time as a freelance illustrator for newspapers, books and magazines and maintained a painting studio.

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