STRONG cover reveal

I’m happy to share the cover reveal for our new children’s book, STRONG, written by Eric Rosswood and Rob Kearney. This was a joy to illustrate! It’s my first non-fiction picture book. It is an inspiring story of Rob Kearney and how he broke records as the world’s first openly gay strongman! Preorder here. Releases in May 2022.

world music + calendar

This is a new illustration that will appear in my 2022 calendar! It’s back after a year hiatus! Many folks contacted me about a calendar last year but I just didn’t have it in me. It was… quite a challenging year and the calendar requires a lot of work and I only break even on it. Anyway! It’s back! You can pre-order now, the price will increase after Oct 15th. We will ship later this year (estimated sometime in November).

Also I will be speaking at the Brooklyn Book Festival virtually with the wonderful graphic novelists Molly Knox Ostertag, Shing Yin Khor and Olivia Stephens this Sunday. You can register here for free.

I hope you’re having a lovely day!

Fall in love

I love fall. It’s my favorite season! Although it’s been in the 90s this week, I am ready with my cozy coats and soup recipes! I’m waiting for fall to know that it’s fall.

I hope you’re enjoying whatever season you’re in!

kauai kid

Soft tail

I’m regularly battling the exhaustion of work, life and the absence of normalcy. But as time marches forward I find small joys in nature and continue connecting through my work. I am participating in a free virtual author panel with Tandem Bay Area in a couple weeks. Please join if you’re interested!

Also, my debut written and illustrated book, WHAT WILL MY STORY BE, will now release on November 30th due to supply chain disruptions. Please pre-order it as well as other books because it seems these delays will continue through the holiday season.

I hope you’re finding small joys in your days.

Mama mermaid

My daughter has all kinds of awesome nicknames for her papa and I had none… so I asked her to give me one. She came up with Mama Mermaid and I thought about that as I was drawing this.

I hope you’re all safe and well.

title needed

I drew this and couldn’t come up with a title. Can you help?

Also, I’ve been hearing about a big supply chain shortages so if you can, please pre-order any books you’re looking forward to, including my last 2021 release, What Will My Story Be.

Be well!

flower crowns

Forward

I’ve spent the past few years making books. My calendar is full of book deadlines. It’s become somewhat of a joke among my close friends “How many books are you working on right now?” My answer is usually four (with a few in waiting). As I approach the release of my next book, What Will My Story Be, my fourth pandemic release, I realized the work has become quite lonely. I know this feeling isn’t unique. Without in person book launches, conferences or connecting with readers, making books is difficult. Many of my books take years to make and releasing them has felt like baking a deflated soufflé.

As I was languishing in my pity party (fully recognizing there are larger problems in the world) it dawned on me that it’s been over 2 years since I’ve made personal art. I’m always drawing on deadline. Books, freelance, or promotional art fills my days. The dissonance I feel is due to the pandemic but also this absence of art for art’s sake. So I decided that a couple times a week I will allow myself to create without purpose. Some I will share and some I will keep for myself.

The above is an hour quick draw. I didn’t know what would come of it. I was thinking about current events and feeling surrounded by storms. And reminding myself that there’s still beauty and love. There’s still a path forward.

I hope you’re all weathering your storms and finding love in these tumultuous times.

Kong and Me

Kong and Me

My picture book, KONG AND ME, written by Kiki Thorpe, releases soon (March 30th)!

I love work where I can grow and this book was definitely a joy to make. You can pre-order now. Thank you, always, for your support.

I hope you’re warm and safe.