What a year!
Things have been quite busy in my studio and while I try to keep you all posted via Instagram, I've A) left my blog untouched and B) been working exclusively on book projects which means I can't share them until next year - which is so hard!
If you've followed my work for the past year or so, you'll recall the little Ghost book I released last October, What To Do When A Ghost Finds You. I had a blast creating that book and sold a limited number or printed copies. After which, I was contacted by Tara, a lovely editor at Tundra Books of Penguin Random House Canada with an exciting offer to publish the book. What started out as a little side project regarding ghost care has bloomed into a full scale picture book, complete with added content, all new illustrations, a new title, and more color! The book is set to be released next Fall, and I cannot wait to share it with the world. My dream is to travel to different bookstores, introducing the little ghost to all its new friends, and making ghost crafts to celebrate my favorite time of year. I. Can't. Wait.
I've also been working hard on two additional picture books for younger children, along with some middle grade novels - in which I am creating the cover illustrations and some interior b/w illustrations. It's a dream. It's more than a dream working on all these books. Don't get me wrong - it's a ton of work - my days are quite full - I am no longer taking commissions, doing gallery shows, and I have not had time to even think about opening an online shop, which has been on my to-do list for months. But I have realized that I have come full circle - when I graduated college 6 years ago, it was my dream to write and tell stories through images - to work exclusively on books. It's taken me a winding road to get here, through alleys of editorial work, retail shows, gallery shows, personal commissions and the like. Somehow I kept pushing only to end up where I started, which is exactly where I'm supposed to be.
That said, this month, I am showing at the Julia Martin Gallery here in Nashville and you should check it out! It's the last gallery show I'll be doing for a long while and will be up until the 30th. I did a bunch of new pieces for it, but I also put on display, a number of sketches, and illustrations from the past year or so.
And on and on and on we go.
I'm off to clean my house, make a new recipe and host some lovely friends for dinner, because all this work can't be for naught. We must live too.
Until next time! xo