Thursday, March 14, 2019

Who Am I?

A painter? An illustrator? A paralegal? (experiment over) A professional student? An author?  A jack of all trades? Seems it changes every other year. Anyway, seven months ago I became an author-illustrator; so while I wait for the release of The Forest in the Trees later this yearI'm researching the ins and outs of book promotion. Posting and tweeting may be an important part of that effort, so here we go.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

In anticipation of my book release (hopefully in September) and after being out of publishing for 9 years, I re-joined SCBWI today. I uploaded three (of 14) books and half a dozen illustrations to the website before the process of entering all the required information totally exhausted me.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Ironstone Vineyards Spring Obsession Show

“Pucker Up” 8x8” oil on board
I had a great time seeing old art school friends at Ironstone’s reception last Saturday and was surprised by the Judgse Award (basically an honorable mention) for my lemon painting. See other winners on the Ironstone Museum Blog.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Monday, October 8, 2018


The mountain has been surveyed, beginning the climb. Finished illustrations due Feb 15, 2019.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Back in the book business

The Rainforest Grew All Around, illustrated in 2006, became Arbordale Publishing's top-selling book. For a decade, I've had the idea of doing something similar with the coast redwoods. In the meantime, a couple of kids' books on this subject have published. None are exactly what I had in mind, so this month I finally submitted a manuscript.

After 30 years that included13 books, I thought my illustrating days were over; but never say "never." If all goes well, The Forest that Lives in the Trees will release in 2019, and for the first time I'll also be the author. Both books are cumulative verse, but instead of "The Green Grass Grew All Around," mine is based on "The House that Jack Built" and focuses on the micro-forest high in the redwood canopy.

"Deep in the woods near a foggy sea,
There’s a hidden forest that lives in the trees..."

Time to dust off the watercolor brushes.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Lemon Series No. 1

6 x 6 in. oil on panel
This is my first small painting in two years. "Series" may be optimistic, I dunno--we'll see. Trying for a little higher key, less contrast than my usual.