100 Days of Strong Female Characters

For this year’s 100 Day Project I felt it was time to recognize the Strong Female Characters we have created. These are the women and girls who have fought again persecution, who have stood up for themselves, who are true to themselves, who have earned our respect, and who have proved themselves equal to or greater than their male counterparts. They’re not always perfect, sometimes they’re evil, but these are women who are worth remembering.

But most of all, these are the characters who have inspired me and encouraged me everyday throughout my life. These are the characters I’ve loved and lost. They’ve showed me that I can be a strong female too.

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Signing with Jim

Last year I worked on an educational book called Signing with Jim for Heinemann. It's the true story about a boy with down syndrome and uses hear aids to help him hear. When he transfers schools he has a hard time fitting in, because of his hearing issues. Instead of giving up, he decided to teach the other students sign language and gained many new friends along the way. It was a pleasure working on this sweet story and sharing Jim's courageous journey.

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Step Into the Past

Earlier last year, I was commissioned to paint a couple of historical backdrops for LifeWay Kids. I was asked to paint and exterior of a Temple and an interior of a Palace from biblical times. These backdrops were to be used with paper dolls so that kids could play out historical scenes. Neither of these were to be based on actual buildings, so I had freedom to make up my own buildings. This was such a fun project that let me explore architectural design without the addition of figures.

Read more about my process and inspirations that lead to the creations of these paintings.

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Brinkman Adventures Coloring Pages

Over the past couple years I've had the pleasure of illustrating a series of coloring pages for the audio drama Brinkman Adventures. It's a series of stories based on the real life adventures of the Brinkman family and their missionary work around the world. 

When they first hired me, I was surprised to find how thrilling each of their stories were. They gave me freedom to choose which scenes to highlight in each story, and for many of them I had several options to pick from. Each story gave me a new opportunities to play with different environments and characters. I'm very happy with how the series has come together as a whole, and I look forward to hearing what the family is up to next!

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Interview on Writing and Illustrating by Kathy Temean

This week I was privileged to be interviewed by Kathy Temean on her blog Writing and Illustrating. I follow her blog regularly, and I love to see any her interviews with writers, illustrators, and agents in the children's book field. I was thrilled when she asked to interview me. Her questions are always very in depth and I was amazed how much she knew about my process and my work. It was a pleasure to work with her!

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Rainy Days

This fall my agents at CATugeau Artist Agency decided to do a postcard mailing with the theme "Act of Kindness." This is my postcard illustration about an unlikely set of strangers taking shelter from a storm. 

RAINY DAYS
9.5" x 14.75"
Oil on Masonite

Continue reading to see some of my preliminary sketches and learn about the inspirations and challenges that lead to the creation of this painting.

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Over the Moon

This spring I travelled to Dallas, Texas. Inspired by artwork and culture of the once wild west, I couldn't help but come home and make my own western painting.

OVER THE MOON
18" x 24"
oils on panel

Continue reading to see some of my preliminary sketches and learn about the inspirations and challenges that lead to the creation of this painting.

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3x3 International Picture Book Show No.13

I just found out that out my entire "Forest" series has been chosen by the 3x3 International Picture Book Show No. 13 as an Honorable Mention in the unpublished category! I created this series as part of a children's book story that I wrote and illustrated. Congratulations to all the other amazing winners.

My pieces will be featured in their online gallery.

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